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Found a great product that helps secure a trials bike while bouncing around in a trailer to get to the ‘trials ground’.

As we know the trials mudguard is very close to the tyre where my KTM EXCF 500 has a reversed shock mount I can use a spacer.
Tried a few different ways, tie downs from the handlebars- front shockies triple clamp etc but the Tyrefix Ace Bikes system works a treat as it slides under the front mudguard, simple and easy. Latch seat belt system that connects to the buckle is smart. Fit one on the rear wheel as well and it doesn’t move.

https://www.acebikes.com/en/transport-service/tyrefix-tie-down-system

 

 

 

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I wonder what kind of load that's going to put on the front wheel bearings compared with tieing down to the handlebars, which holds the weight of the bike upright (but might not be the best for the fork springs

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I use the acebikes steady stand pro in my trailer.   Very spendy, but very versatile.   With fender spacers,  I can just barely squeeze the front tire in. 

 

 

 

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Ninjabones, I looked at the steady stand with the foot pedal clamp as they looked pretty good but wasn’t sure which way to go, you have convinced me they are impressive. 

 That is a very nicely set up transportation rig you have there, you obviously are fastidious and have good attention to detail, everything has a place by the look of it, well done.

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@ Growzer,

Nice bit of kit, my only concern would be when the bike is all muddied up I wouldn't fancy messing around feeding it under the front mud guard, especially if its cold and wet also. But then I am a bit of a wuss :D

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Intotrials, very good point which I considered but thought I would work through that issue when it arose, no extreme mud yet but the units look like they should wash down ok, point taken though, hmm.

I do have a twin cylinder ARB air compressor in my 4 wd tow vehicle which would dispose of the gunky stuff extremly quickly before I put the bike in the trailer. Ninjabones Ace clamp would be fine with a muddy tyre by the looks of it.

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3 hours ago, Growzer said:

Ninjabones, I looked at the steady stand with the foot pedal clamp as they looked pretty good but wasn’t sure which way to go, you have convinced me they are impressive. 

 That is a very nicely set up transportation rig you have there, you obviously are fastidious and have good attention to detail, everything has a place by the look of it, well done.

Thank you.   The trailer serves dual purpose as a car trailer as well.   Very easy to loosen the four socket head bolts on each bike stand to make room for a car.   

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12 hours ago, turbofurball said:

I wonder what kind of load that's going to put on the front wheel bearings compared with tieing down to the handlebars, which holds the weight of the bike upright (but might not be the best for the fork springs

Good point;  if the bike is not tied at the handle bars aswell. Please excuse the next manly bit turbofurball. but theres a little too much prancing going on.

This is how a real man transports a bike, someone who doesn't wear a pair of marigolds all the time.  https://youtu.be/nRMiTbvJ6Js?t=9s 

https://youtu.be/o-50GjySwew?t=18s

 

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Whilst I commend you on a transporter floor I could eat my dinner off - without upper securing-straps , those clamps are spoke-looseners and bearing-killers.   You will  , prior to clamping , be wanting to at least wash the mud off the tyres - and especially the tyre-valves - so you can pump them up to a decent pressure for transporting. So any talk of muddy-encounters is spurious , as regards hooking the clamp under the mudguard.   

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Peterh, thanks for the Aussie invention information, very similar to the Ace but uses wire cables and more suited to be used with the trials knobbies. 

Nebulous you mentioned loosening spokes, as a side comment I rechecked my brand new bike spokes with a spoke tension wrench after 2 hours riding, my skill is learner trials and so no jumping off large logs and rocks etc, but the results were all over the place, glad I did this check and retension ( similar results to my KTM EXCF 500 though).  By keeping the spokes tight it could help prevent damage and distortion to the rim when clamping/transporting as a suggestion for others.

All good feedback and ideas, appreciated.

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Tangentally related, but last night I used a proper handlebar tie-down strap (£13 off a certain famous auction website) on my other half's CBR600RR ... it was sooo easy, and I'll definitely be using it on my trials bikes in the future too!

Wish I'd bought one a long time ago, now :rolleyes:

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On 02/07/2018 at 6:17 PM, oni nou said:

Good point;  if the bike is not tied at the handle bars aswell. Please excuse the next manly bit turbofurball. but theres a little too much prancing going on.

This is how a real man transports a bike, someone who doesn't wear a pair of marigolds all the time.  https://youtu.be/nRMiTbvJ6Js?t=9s 

https://youtu.be/o-50GjySwew?t=18s

 

Hey where can I sign up for this Prancercise...that could be me late for the train or bog (no 2) or collecting my new Dizzy Trials (Vertigo) get it? I’ll get me coat shall I😜

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Here’s something very useful for those wishing to remove mud from the wheels and tyres of their bikes - prior to increasing tyre-pressures for transporting/storage.  

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008CZZF00/ref=asc_df_B008CZZF0054120614/?tag=googshopuk-21&creative=22122&creativeASIN=B008CZZF00&linkCode=df0&hvadid=226005619422&hvpos=1o4&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10311243263045848059&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045080&hvtargid=pla-421939318501

8 litres is more than enough to do two wheels and your boots - if you use a brush.

You can also use it to spray cold water on those red-hot brake-pads!

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