I read your editorial in the last issue and would agree that trials riding has developed into a circus act, how many riders can actually compete in a world event anymore? The more specialised top level sport becomes, the less entries there are.
In the old days you could ride a trials bike to the event and then to work the next day. I used to deliver Gordon Jackson’s bike to Swanley after a rebuild and it would hum along at 55-60mph, try that on a new bike.
AHRMA has so many lines in a section you need a sat nav, I suggested to them that experts run street tyres like a Dunlop universal to even up the disparity and use one or two lines.
The modern vintage trials bikes look like they are on steroids, lots of ground clearance, so harder sections. What to do, AHRMA limit suspension movement, put a minimum weight limit on capacity classes, bonus points for original chassis bikes?
In America there is a growing concern with the lack of young people coming into the sport, if a parent watched trials today they would be horrified that their kid would do this. To my mum and dad my 1953 197 James Commando with three speeds and rigid frame was not regarded as intimidating!
Brian Slark Email
Like you Brian, when I started riding trials there was but one route through a section, some sections hard, some easy. Club trials were fun, centre ones harder, British Championships harder still but all were possible and riders developed. Tim