This is a stupid question probably but I'm pushing 30 and have just got back into cycling. I want to be able to do bike tricks. I just learned to bunny hop, and pretty soon I'm gonna try to hold a wheelie. All this on my MTB. I found the trick to bunny hopping was to put fat tires on and keep the pressure down, and also to kick with my feet correctly. I can get about a foot in the air. I'm not comfortable with it yet but I will be, so that I can hop curbs that I'm riding parallel to and stuff like that. I don't want to be hindered by anything.
What is the best way to develop these skills, other than just doing it over adn over again? There's a skate/bike park a block from my house, but I think I'd look pretty silly, a 300lb 27yol on a MTB out there with all the teenagers on their bmx bikes.
I'm doing some MTB'ing to help build my skills, hopefully that'll help.
Thanks for any suggestions.
EDIT: The reason this came to mind was this thread here:
That dudes wicked bike kung fu saved his life.