i put a ton of miles on my roadbike, and i try to hit the trails every weekend with my mtb.... yet, oddly and sadly, i cant do a fricking bunny hop.
[stop laughing now]
im not using clipless or cages on the mtb--just platforms.
i really lift the front end, and i can ride a mini manual.. but i just cant perform a little bunny hop. my friend was tooling around with this old squeaky clunky 1960s Ross cruiser.. and he was doing 1' hops with it.
anyways, are there any tricks or good clear steps to this?
Well, i finally learned it from your links!!! I know I looked it up here before, as well as other places on the web, and I asked a few of my friends but I never got it right
my problem was that I was actually keeping my leg stiff and using it as the fulcrum (thereby allowing me to lift the end up high but conversely keeping the rear planted)!
now I lift it just as high, but then immediately loosen my legs and THROW the bike Forward... it feels unnatural to have my legs not planted against the pedals but its the only way to pull the move off
BunnyHops can be expensive..... It cost me $45 once when I mis-timed the jump over a crosstie, and my rear rim was bent beyond repair. I still do them though, especially in the woods over fallen trees & rocks.
hey...i figured out how to do one yesterday, so i'll share my new knowledge of bunny hops. I can only do the hop where both wheels go up at the same time, so i'll explain that one. bAsically, i just compress my bike a bit and spring up. The front wheel goes up easily, but the back stays on the ground. To get he back wheel up, i find that i really have to shove the handlebars forward with my arms and point my feet down and kick them back and then up.