12/12/2013 | 1 comments
World trials champion Tom Öhler runs us through his extensive kit and trailer that he takes everywhere on his worldwide travels.
The decorated rider explains his need for two bikes, his favourite travel bag, and why a camping chair could be his most important piece of kit.
You can check out the full feature online at theredbulletin.com or in the September issue of the Red Bulletin magazine, available with the Sunday Telegraph on Sunday.
1 Humer trailer
It’s also my stage. I had it customised: the roof is reinforced with chequer plate so I can jump up on it. It’s also got some fancy Dotz wheels. It’s pulled by a VW Multivan.
2 Camping chair
The most important piece of equipment. Essential for chilling during waiting periods.
3 Maloja sports towel
A piece of genius from the German clothing label. It’s super-thin, light and it sucks up the moisture.
4 Evoc bike travel bag
Stable flight bag for my bikes, with wheels and pockets. When your bike is your tool of trade you can’t afford to have any transport damage.
5 KTM/Inspired trial bikes
I ride the same model as Danny MacAskill. The difference between the red and the blue is the wheel size: the red one has 24in wheels, the blue one 26in. The main advantage of the smaller bike is that it needs less room so that’s the one I usually take to overseas shows. The only technical difference is that the red one has a disc brake while the blue one has a Magura rim brake.
6 KTM Caliber mountain bike
My all-round bike: at 19kg it’s no lightweight, but it’s a stable freerider for all terrain. I ride it to the bike park, but I also take it touring and on cross-country rides. Even if speed is irrelevant for trial riders, I can really fly downhill when I need to.
7 SR Suntour Axon suspension fork
I always have a set of the most important replacement parts on hand, like suspension fork, brake discs and handlebar. In my sport they’re almost ‘wear’ parts. The unique thing about the suspension fork is the reduction of spring deflection from 10 to 4cm. It should only take the biggest hits from drops; any more deflection would reduce precision.
My favourites are Nike, but for off-road I wear high bike shoes by Shimano. The black Crocs are my travel shoes – there’s nothing more comfortable. These ones are already five years old.
9 Money belt
Some call it ‘the shoestring’. It saves a lot of annoying fumbling at security control in the airport.
10 Evoc duffle bag
This holds my protective gear. An indestructible bag for rough treatment, and waterproof.
11 Evoc Freeride Trail rucksack
With back protector and 20-litre capacity, it’s ideal for mountain biking. If you’re wondering about the colour combination: it’s actually my girlfriend’s.
12 Poc helmet
The hard shell helmet is my standard protection – I only use full-face protection in the bike park. I like mounting a GoPro camera on the helmet so I can document my tricks.
13 Poc protection gear
I always wear kneepads from the Swedish specialists, but the elbow pads are only for when things look really hairy.
14 Floor pump
A light, cheap, no-name plastic thing. I always take it when I fly.
My complete toolkit can fit in a small bag. Basic kit includes a set of hexagon sockets from 1-10mm, a pedal spanner, openend wrench, torque spanner, spike wrench, chain tool and a side cutter. My workshop? I prefer the floor of my flat.
16 World record ramp
My aunt built it; she’s a master carpenter. The regulations specify a height of 50cm. For smaller shows I have a mini-version, 10cm high. That’s enough for me to jump on top of the trailer.
17 Poc sunglasses
I have very sensitive eyes. I went to the Middle East recently and if I hadn’t worn sunglasses I would have really struggled with the glaring sunlight.
18 Poc gloves
With extra knuckle protection.