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Old 06-11-04, 02:12 PM   #1
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How to do a bunny hop -- [i feel stupid]

alright guys,

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?
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Old 06-11-04, 02:31 PM   #2
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If you do a search especially for posts by PNJ you will find some incredible info. Bunny hops are not an easy feat
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Old 06-11-04, 02:38 PM   #3
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Pull your handlebars up to do a wheelie. At the exact same time or right right afterwards push forward on the handlebars and jump or kick back on the pedals. Thats the best way i can explain it.
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do a search, this subject has come up many times.

one thing I will suggest is to work on just lifting your rear tire. leave your front end on the ground and try to do a small endo without your brakes. search though and you'll find more info.
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There is no way anything that you read or view will help you bunny hop.



You
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I can do a bunny hop, but I can't do a wheelie...
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Can do a wheelie, but no bunny hop...I bet once my wheelies are smoother I could possibly do it once maybe.
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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
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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.
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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.
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