How to best use this site?
The riding techniques detailed on this site cover the most common obstacles and scenarios found in bike trials.
Sometimes, a simple variation on a technique makes it look completely different
and counter-intuitive to grasp.
Often these variations require a different thinking,
and because bike trials is also a mind game, I found it important to stress
what it should feel like, and what you should be aiming at when performing the move.
Each zone is organized in a natural progression, from the easiest to the more challenging techniques.
While reading about the technique you want to learn, imagine yourself on the pedals and holding your bars, try to
make sense of the sequence of events, and before you take
the bike out for a ride, check the bullet points again. The first reading won't necessarily make a lot of
sense until you actively try with a bike. Only then, you will get a feel (some response from the bike too) for a move.
Each technique puts the emphasis on specific body movements and positions, like crouching, lurching, pedal and foot
positions, weight shifting, braking control etc...
These aspects only really become obvious once you are on the bike. So try them out, don't be put off if you fail
on the first attempts, none of this stuff is trivial. After all this is why this sport is called bike trials.
Second pass (after a trials session)
Read again the pages on the technique you just practised, see if you can remember what it felt like on the bike and
try to match your first real impressions with each illustrated step. This little mental gymnastic should help you focus
on the particular aspects of the explanations that you may have missed out the first time (like weight shifting, crouching backwards,
feet and pedals positions etc.). As you read in more details, the explanations should make a lot more sense now that you can compare
the theory with what you just tried to achieve.
Next time you're out riding, you'll already have a much clearer idea about that technique and you'll be able to adjust accordingly.
Most techniques can be tried and practised on low obstacles, like a kerb, a small stack of pallets, a wood log, etc... No need
to crash too hard, enjoy the fun. Once you'll have mastered the basics, you'll realize that the thrill of finding new lines just never
Finding your balance on the bike
• Use the trackstand
to look around, and concentrate for your next move.
• If you are loosing balance and find yourself in trouble, bail out
safely rather than crash heavily.
• The first thing you want to know is how to lift the front wheel
for a wheelie.
• You 'll get on the front
by shifting your weight above the handlebars, for smooth repositionning of the rear wheel.
• Try out the hops on the back
• Make your first hops on the back
• Then you can try a few hops on the front
• Use a combination of the front wheel and back wheel steps
to turn the bike around
and get ready for your next move.
• Push the technique to turn 180°
in one slick move.
• You can hop sideways
bounces, either to stay balanced, reposition the bike, or climb up some steps.
• The wheelie
is an absolute
classic for kids. Learn them up a very smooth slope, by adjusting the pedal pressure.
• Try out the wheel-swap
, usually front-to-backwheel, and finish off your moves in style. Useful in some advanced techniques.
• Check out the basic setup of most biketrial competitions
, and enter one to get an idea of what the real thing is.
10 variations of the pedal kick in bike trials
• First, check out the basic pedal kick
• Jump over a gap from a rear wheel position with one kick
• If you have room for one pedal turn
or half a pedal turn, and if the surface is smooth, you can jump over
a longer distance, or climb frontaly on small stuff with a pedal up
• If there is no space or you feel more comfortable balancing on the rear wheel, you can launch a rear side hop
to climb sharp on street stuff or any odd rocks.
• You can use the pedal kick to climb up sideways
, without any run up distance starting both wheels on the ground (sort of a back-hop and pedal hop combination).
• Pedal hop sideways
, over a gap and land either parallel to your initial position, or turning 90° during the pedal kick, land perpendicular.
• Jump over a gap or climb on stuff with a pedal kick, but land on the front wheel
• Two pedal hops in a row, to bounce
the front wheel directly onto an obstacle, and follow up with a front-to-back wheel transfer.
• From a static position, with "both wheels on edges"
, a pedal kick can bring your rear wheel right in place of the front wheel.
• Cool variations, launching a 180° turn
over a gap (on your bad side)
12 climbing techniques for all kinds of situations
• Use the bunny hop
approach at any speed (street style).
• Rolling over
the obstacle, a smooth quiet move.
• The flat side hop
brings both wheels on the same level.
• The rear wheel side hop
, taking off from a rear wheel position.
• With a rolling pedal kick
, for a smooth ascension crossing a gap.
• From a static
balanced position with the front wheel already onto the obstacle(wheel transfer for accurate positioning in time trials).
• Picking the front wheel
onto the obstacle to support a smooth wheel-swap.
• Banging or hitting
the front wheel on the upper edge of an obstacle
(for higher stuff where rolling over or the bunny hop are not possible)
• Hooking the bash plate
onto the obstacle, by landing a slow bunny
hop or a pedal hop (that way you climb in two steps, but you need a good crank protection).
• Hooking one pedal
onto a wall edge sideways, and pulling up the bike.
• Hooking the front wheel
to an edge, to pull yourself up over huge obstacles
(a two-step move, for the pros).
• The Wall Ride
for a bit of urban fun, or for quick transition on slanted rocks.
The "drop-off": 9 techniques to get closer to earth
• Raw street style
: jumping frontally at full speed (bunny hop).
from a pedal kick or brake release (pure trials).
• wheelie off
a wall, with one pedal turn or in manual.
with the back wheel first (stylish and precise).
• Both wheels at once
sideways (if the bike is on some edges).
• Riding down
smoothly, if the step is not too high.
• Pivoting 270°
with a 90° front wheel endo.
• 270° freestyle turn
: back-hop flip on the rear wheel.
• Absorb the impact
progressively on the bike. Check out the lecture