Josh Carr Trials from Colorado Culture Cast on Vimeo.

When my son first saw this video of local trials bike rider Josh Carr, he said: “Dad, it’s like he’s a mountain goat on a bicycle!” Indeed! And there are few words to describe this sport that don’t involve goats and hopping, which is why you should watch the video above (the music, “Greco-Phonograph,” by the way, is also by the multi-talented Mr. Carr) To learn more about the strange, seatless bike that Josh built and rides in this video, you can watch the slideshow below in which he explains the bike and the sport of trials.

NOTE: The video of Josh Carr was produced in collaboration with Colorado Culture Cast and Craig Richardson. If you’d like to know even more about trials bikes or riding, Josh has kindly asked that you to contact him directly at joshecarr at gmail dot com.

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7 Responses to Look Ma, No Seat!

  1. Kit says:

    I was JUST thinking that I wanted to start hopping up mountains on my bicycle. Thanks for posting this!

  2. Liz Arnold says:

    Don’t his legs get tired!? :)
    Very cool sport!

  3. Bob Carnein says:

    Sorry to be a spoil-sport, but this just looks like another way for simple minded people with too much time on their hands to mess up the countryside. Imagine a thousand Josh Carrs making tracks all over Garden of the Gods.

  4. Josh Carr says:

    Valid concern Bob.It is not legal for me to ride there ,and will not be doing so in the future. I typically stay on rocks and avoid sensitive vegetation with minimal impact. This is a human powered vehicle i must add. I don’t have the time to respond to the simple minded comment.

    cheers!

  5. Sarah M says:

    Knees of granite – tendons of iron – muscles of steel! That shin injury reminded me of the one and only time I ever tried shaving my legs.

    I really like the song a lot too.

  6. Chris N says:

    I was road riding in “the garden” a few weeks ago and was lucky enough to get to see Josh do his trials thing at Balanced Rock – fantastic! He and I talked, he showed me his bike, he was very positive, and I rode away feeling like I had a great encounter!

    By the way, I don’t think any sandstone was damaged during the show. Both videos were very good, too.

  7. Allen Wright says:

    Josh,

    I was blown away watching two guys doing this sort of thing near Southwark Cathedral in London this year; jumping between large decorative granite blocks next to the road. without touching their feet. Hadn’t seen the discipline before. Very fascinating and also impressive, what you’re doing. (Btw, your father was a respected friend and mentor to me in Florida. Look me up if you ever come this way). All the best, Allen Wright (Bermondsey, London)

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