Trial bike rider discovered in Cathedral Square off to festival

ABBIE NAPIER
Last updated 10:11 12/04/2014
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Mitch Barnett 19, takes on any obstacle on his trial bike.

Mitch Barnett
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Mitch Barnett has never been one for ‘‘safe’’ hobbies.

The Christchurch trial bike rider will this weekend head to the Queenstown Bike Festival to show off his impressive, and often quite scary, tricks. 

The sport differs from BMX and mountain biking because the rider uses the brakes for control, leaping on and off objects and platforms. The brakes are positioned half a millimetre from the wheel, meaning grip is instant.
 
‘‘My mum doesn’t like any of the hobbies I get into,’’ he said. 

Barnett was discovered recently while practising his tricks in Cathedral Square. Before he knew it, he was booked in for demonstrations and events in Queenstown. 

‘‘I’m pretty excited. This is all I want to do – it’s my dream.’’

During the day, Barnett works as an apprentice builder.  He spends about 10 hours a week practising in the central city. 
‘‘Because of the rebuild, all sorts of things get left lying around for me to use. That’s what I love, the urban stuff.’’

Barnett makes his own YouTube videos with friends, and imports parts and gear for his bike. 

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