After testing my new sandwich board out the day I made it on that soft stuff they have in parks I had to have a little break. It slipped out and flung up to hit my bare knee and I got a weird instant lump. This afternoon I tried again (with my pads this time) and it worked really well. I ended up replacing the thin string with some much stronger thin rope. I started off jumping from the top of the curb to the top of the sandwich board that was standing on the road. It worked really well, so I extended the gap a little and had some more fun.
I got myself a palette that the hardware was giving away so I mixed that too with the sandwich board and my milk crates. I had it set up so I hopped from the palet (with some planks on it) to one crate, to another, to the sandwich board, and off. It was great! I’ve posted a video of it in my gallery.
The hinges that I’ve used are holding out really well and the whole thing seems pretty solid. I still can’t jump directly up to the top of it because I’m not very good at hopping up onto things in general. I’ve been practicing my still-stands lately and allthough I’ve still got a long way to go, they’ve really helped. I’d suggest to anyone who’s just starting trials like me, to practice still-stands quite a bit because once you’ve got them reasonably good, they’re really helpful. I’ve found that I feel in a lot more control when still-standing than hopping on the spot and I can focus on my goal more.
Has anyone got any other trials obstacle suggestions or general tips on trials riding?