Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited


About rabie

  • Rank
    Advanced Member

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
  • ICQ

Previous Fields

  • Bike
    2014 300 Beta

Profile Information

  • Location
    Medway & Canada Heights
  • Gender

Recent Profile Visitors

7,861 profile views
  1. Beta 2003 mudguard replacement.

    i've seen people who have broken a few use / switch to flexible ones - a quick google shows John Lee's have them for £60 ish, others must stock them alternatively you see people cable tie them back together, making bridgeing plates out of stuff and then riveting / glueing / etc them
  2. Sidecar newbies, old and up for it

    normandy (http://www.normandymcc.co.uk/) have a round of the british championship in late november at Hook Woods (nr Guildford) to see some sidecar action - otherwise check out Star (https://stargrouptrials.co.uk/) and TVTC (http://www.thamesvalleytrials.co.uk/) group trials - they normailly have a sidecar class i'll be playing with my sidecar at our (Sidcup) next wobbler trial in November can't say i know what more is about nearer you ...
  3. Tubeless tire leaking air trial

    wack the pressure uo to like 40 psi plus put it in clean (ish) soapy water and rotate - you should then see a stream of bubbles from the point of failure. the answer to this will guide you on how to fix it - could be cracked rim, leaking spoke/rim tape, the valve, the seat of the tubeless tyre on the rim or even just a puncture
  4. ACU licence in Italy

    you could until last year - if you were from an EEA country you could pay about £20-25 for one day repatriation cover (that assuming you didn't have a start permission from your federation). the ACU can no longer afford to offer thisto foreginers so from this year onwards the rider needs to bring repatriation insurance or start permission (aka repatriation insurnace) from their federation. We (brits) would need to same when riding out there.
  5. Decent trials tyre

    a - most tech data sheets will say something like no tubeless tyre is designed to go below 6 psi (and not risk the chance of rim failure) - now that's not how we all use them but that's what the small print says ... b - all proper trials tyres are 400x18, except the x lights (made in metric @ 120/100/18). you should be able to get trial pattern tyres from mitas, cheng shin and maybe some others but they won't be a trials like (compound, etc) as the rest
  6. First Aid at Trials

    the ACU as part of its wide ranging insurance cover, has £10 million medical malpractice cover for your first aid efforts (page 111, 2018 handbook) if the question being asked is, is a first aid kit a good idea, is first aid training a good idea then we are all for it. ACU HQ even ran some first aid training days over the winter if the question is should the above (2) be compulsory then are we creating some problems for some clubs ... ??? if the question is should we have defibrillator (we had a guy this year have sever chest pains) then there are still issues around them, in principle it could be nice but at what cost and practicability (we have a permanent venue with buildings and electricity - but most others don't) if the question is about having medics on site (to what standard - normal, technician, paramedic, doctor) with what equipment (the later 3 need drugs) and what vehicle (4x4 for access and/or blue light capability). at trials in the uk, below british solo round status nothing is compulsory - and these medics are pricey. the real question i would ask back is what problem are we trying to solve? As someone who runs a lot of mx, enduro and trials with a large road race track down the road do we all realise how relatively safe/benign trials is. At a MX we have several paramedics/ technicians with 3 to 4 ambulances and we "normally" injure "a lot" of people (eg 3 to 6 broken bones a meeting). Road race really does hurt people as they slide off at high speed while the "real" road racing (TT IOM, NW200, etc) kills people with alarming regulatory. In my experience (we run 7 or so trials a year) we get an injury about every few years but we have the first aid kit, people with first aid training and are easily accessible by ambulance. But when we've run LDTs the handful of injuries there are more challenging just be the fact byways are difficult for ambulances to get to...
  7. Evening Trials near West London

    we're (Sidcup & DMCC) running two - wednesday 20th June and wednesday 18th July - at our track, right next to J3 of M25 (so south east of london)
  8. Where are all the entries????

    if due to land shortage you are hiring MOD or forestry land (lets say costs of £1k to £2K) then the club has to have a real big entry to make it viable (even when that's met, then land still gets pulled). even a "normal" venue would require a decent (40+ 50+ etc) entry to pay a sensible land hire (thats without other costs like toilets). Entries of 30 and under and only any good if the land is free or a nominal fee (bottle of whiskey, free ride, etc).
  9. Thames MCC's Mike Kemp Trial

    not sure how best to show it as the forum software is playing about, i can make links to other (normal) websites but not this atempt 1 test 2 of a normal website anyway if i "trick" the software by pretending it is computer code you can copy and past the link below https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10213881468885851.1073741846.1082341744&type=1&l=7706d0abcc
  10. Sidecar observation and marking

    This is the real hard bit the course plotter needs to think in a sidecar mindset - very difficult because not all have ridden sidecars, etc what you lay out that might be really good for a sidecar can be main road for solo, and vice versa - what is easy for a solo can be really hard for a sidecar
  11. Went along to Hungry Hill today for Thames MCC's Mike Kemp trial for twinshock and P65 - Several people asked me where they could find the photos i was taking - they are here on a public facebook gallery. It was a difficult day for some following some considerable recent rain, and then at the very end the heavens opened just as we were going home. Hope the brave volunteers from Thames MCC didn't get too wet! - Thanks for a great day.
  12. Sidecar observation and marking

    the passenger can't dab or touch trees, etc - that bit is straight forward the difficult bit is when is a stop a stop - its really a different test in sidecars, especially pre65 if the sections are laid out in a certain way - eg go down a hill or round a tree, turn sharp and then straight up a big hill - that does seam to involve a very long pause as the engine is wound up!
  13. Begins and end cards

    i'm not sure if coloured card could be lacquered, a normal stationary laminator should be sufficient - hence the sacrificial strip of duct tape to staple up. Correx or "fluted display board" is available for peanuts - we sell 8x4 sheets of white at work for £8.50+vat (there are loads of other distributors all around). The only limitation would be failure of the plastic form UV exposure over the long term (ie left outside for years), other colours are available (eg orange) but are unpopular (i've whote, yellow and red). The real challenge is cost and difficulty of shipping it (easy to damage). If you were nearby i could give you some offcuts for free to play with. Several sign suppliers (not me) supply various correx clips if you wanted to cable tie up the back. Others have used other substrates to make beginners and ends cards, direction signs, etc - common sign substrates such as foam board (aka foamex) and aluminium composite (ACM/ACP/dibond, etc) would also do the job
  14. Begins and end cards

    we sell the correx at work, its really cheap but moving whole sheets (intact) via courier is not possible (we can cut them down) as to castrol arrows, i did a lot of research on them this summer as some one else asked - to get them the shade of fluorescent orange to show up so well is the challenge (as above the correx is really cheap) so flood covering sheets with vinyl or finding specialist screen printers then getting it cut to arrow shape were the two different options i was perusing. Screen printing only work if the volume is there, and i couldn't find the interest at the time (we talking about 700+ arrows). ACU rugby also looked at it but volume / unit cost defeated them too the alternative is the MWTRA (Vic madley?) sell enduro route marking arrows but they are much smaller (MD Racing the UFO importers also sell arrows) Staceys and Sons (make rider numbers from essex) also do a wide array of arrows and other events signs on A4 laminated
  15. mt43 aren't going to set the world alight as the best trials tyre but there is no reason why they shouldn't hold air. Most trials tyres now come marked "TT/TL" ie both for tubes and tubeless - they will create a seal with the rim to hold air. as many have said above check the rim tape, ideally with a water bath of soapy water (bubbles = leak). I've seen guys go around with the inner part of the wheel with silicone on every spoke top, then strips of duct tape to make a better seal....