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Trials experience day / training - South East?

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Hi,

I've been riding a road bike for the last couple of years, first a 250cc and currently a 700cc.

I have never ridden off-road and would like to have a go at trials. I'm considering selling my road bike and getting a trials bike but would like to have a go first to see if I will enjoy it and actually have any aptitude for it! I am currently looking at an experience day with Trials Day in Leek, Staffordshire but wondered if there is anything closer to home (I live in Hampshire). I've come across Trick in the Sticks in Kent but it's a full £100 more than Trials Day for a full day including bike hire.

EDIT: Have just trawled through the last 6 years worth of posts and found Steve Saunders and Paul Nash.

Can anyone suggest/recommend any other training venues in the South East (or even West) that I should consider looking at?

Thanks for your help,

Richard

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Stu has the best reputation on here. It’s worth the trip.  Overnight so you are fresh. A full day is tiring on a trials bike 1st time.

But if you just want to have a go , to get a taste without learning too much - Chicks with D..ks is worth half a day.

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I've done a day with Jason at Tricks in the Sticks.

Bike, boots, helmet and gloves supplied, as well as lunch and tea/coffee/water.

I'm a bit nearer than you but IMHO well worth it to give you a taster and learn some basics.

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Thanks all. Stu does seem to keep cropping up so thinking it probably is well worth the drive up to Leek. To be fair, I've driven further for hour long meetings with work clients!

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3 minutes ago, Stormflex said:

Thanks all. Stu does seem to keep cropping up so thinking it probably is well worth the drive up to Leek. To be fair, I've driven further for hour long meetings with work clients!

A full day with up to 9 others is not too full-on.  Check whether the use of safety gear is extra by contacting them by e-mail or phoning.

I drove from Diss to Lowestoft to ride one hot day (45 miles) - and I was tired the whole morning. Even a bit of adrenalin and a lunch break couldn’t shake that off. So if you can overnight , and do Stu’s the next day - you will get perhaps more from your visit.

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Thanks Nebulous.

Helmet, boots, gloves, clothing all provided :thumbup:

Will look into accommodation in the area and see what the costs are like. As you say, I want to get the best out of the day.

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2 hours ago, Stormflex said:

Thanks Nebulous.

Helmet, boots, gloves, clothing all provided :thumbup:

Will look into accommodation in the area and see what the costs are like. As you say, I want to get the best out of the day.

Well , keep off the comparison websites. You can often pay a lot more than if you’d phoned the hotels direct.  The Timothy Taylors Landlord Special at 5% is my best tip , if you can still find that stuff in these days of franchised breweries - but save that for after the biking!

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Non Stop Trials, South Wales. Hire a brand new Montesa 4rt £60 for a half day, not training but a brilliant venue with everything from simple flat bits to expert grade areas. Ideal for trying out trials at your own pace.

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Stu’s gaff remains the best bet for first-time group training and experience-days.    I wholeheartedly support the Ammanford venue in what they are doing , but don’t feel it’s ideal for Stormflex’s needs at present. 

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