Mountain Biking - trials help
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09-08-07, 10:00 PM
is there a trick to popping up your front wheel and hopping on the rear i cant seem to get the front wheel up, please help
09-08-07, 10:06 PM
a good way to start learning is to do a stoppie, then rock back and start to hop. once you get the hopping down (or do you?), then you can give the drivetrain a punch, which will get your front up. im not very good at the hopping part yet, so i rarely punch he drivetrain, but it works.
09-08-07, 10:07 PM
i can only hop or anything like that with clips
09-08-07, 10:12 PM
o, well when you ride trials, it done on flats (atleast ive never seen anyone ride it with clips, and its not recomened). so would you like me to tell you how i learned to hop? it might not work, but its helped a couple friends.
09-08-07, 10:15 PM
yes i would
09-08-07, 10:23 PM
ok, if you dont have flats, you can always get a cheap pair of plastic ones. and wearing shin guards is always a good idea.
1. try to only hop the back up using your feet. you need to lean your toes down so your shoes 'hook' the pedals.
2. as soon as you can do that, try to pull up at the same time, and try to get both wheels to lift at the same time, and land at the same time.
3. now try to pull up first. this takes less feet (atleast thats what ive heard, but its hard to tes this theory), and you can push the bike forward using the handlebars. once again, ry to land both wheels at the same time.
4. at first you'll only get a couple inches. its always fun to try and hop a 2x4, since if you dont make it, it just falls.
to do back wheel hops, try to apply this to it. i cant explain it, its something that comes naturally.
a joke my friend had was that he taught my bike to do so, since he was riding it and hopped on the bike. then i tried and i got it. i went from looking like an idiot, to being able to hop on my back (not funny, but still)
if you have anymore questions, just ask
not sure how your two-wheel balance is, but it helps to work on trackstands and rocking before learning moves on one wheel. to get the front wheel up, pull on the bars while leaning back and giving a quick pedal kick. if you can't get your front wheel up reasonably high, then you need to lean back more. the key is the body english. you can even get the front wheel up without the pedal kick - just need to throw your weight back further. hope this helps.
09-09-07, 07:16 PM
i was bored today when doing a trackstand, so i did a j-hop. with brakes on, its natural to hop backwards. i leaned back and was able to land on my rear wheel. i did a couple hops and then biked away. just play around and you'll find a way to do something. i think my rear wheel balance is decent because when i was younger my friends and i would wheelie around. we got pretty good, and were able to turn and recover it rather well by the end of the summer. good luck!
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