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How long did it take you to do a bunnyhop?

Old 07-26-07, 10:47 AM
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How long did it take you to do a bunnyhop?

Many of first started out as noobs or noobsies. Our first trick was to learn the "bunnyhop" and many complained they can't do it so they quit. I want to prove to my friend that doing bunnyhops or manuals take a LOT of ****ing time. So what I'm asking is how long did it take you to do a bunnyhop or manual, the two of which he is trying and I'm trying to help! Sometimes he can be a piss-off.
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Groan...forever. Still working on it. Hey, I'm not very good, what can I say .

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Old 07-26-07, 11:03 AM
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Eh, I never used to try that stuff, but since I've been trying it's taken me about three years to where I am today with bunnyhops and I just started manualing this year and learned how to pump.
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Old 07-26-07, 11:06 AM
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I haven't BMXed for a year since June because my family was moving to every ****ing city! So I started getting back into it after school was out and....wow was it hard to relearn all those tricks! I wonder how some of the pros started out?
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Old 07-26-07, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by minichamp31 View Post
Eh, I never used to try that stuff, but since I've been trying it's taken me about three years to where I am today with bunnyhops and I just started manualing this year and learned how to pump.
Do you mean "hump the air"? That's what I'm trying to re-learn...it sucks to not BMX for a year.
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Old 07-26-07, 11:24 AM
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I started in like march and I can hop onto sidewalks and manual about 2 parking spaces. I can almost do fakies. And I can do flatland barspins. Then again I also rode a few years ago. I am also a really quick learner, and I practice a lot.
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Old 07-26-07, 11:30 AM
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Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong in a manual?

1) Start out with arms compressed and legs bent
2) Lean back and pull bars until arms straight
3) Keep legs bent and throw your ass lined up against the rear wheel.
4) "Hump the air," by bending legs forward to bring wheel up when wheel feels to drop and bend legs back to bring it front wheel down.

I just maybe weak...
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Minichamp, how high can you bunnyhop?

Twmowery, how long did it take you to manual? That's what I want to re-learn the most.
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Old 07-26-07, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by L!vE2R!D3 View Post
Minichamp, how high can you bunnyhop?
Sometimes I can hop about 6 inches, but mostly they're around 3-4 inches. I wish I could hop higher, but whatever, I have to practice more. I've really only been trying to manual more because it'll help me a lot in racing.
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The bunny hop is a simple and essential move that has several dynamics to it. Learning the mechanics of a bunny hop is important. Speed, strength, and skill all come into play. Try hopping at different speeds. Mt bikers hop smaller obstacles at high speed, while Trials riders can do huge bunny hops while not moving at all. Upper body strength helps a lot. If you don't have the strength to initially pull the front of the bike high enough, then you probably won't hop as high as you want. If you're a small person on a heavy bike, you'll never bunny hop very high, so it's important to have a bike that fits properly. It is really a matter of transferring weight and momentum. When the front of the bike is coming to its highest point, you have to unweight and lift the rear end (good grips and strong hands help), trying to bring the bike into an almost level plane in the air at a maximum height. And then immediately reversing you body movement to lower the rear end and ride out smooth. Make a jump bar with a couple cones and a stick, or build a kicker to help learn the body movements. A good bunny hop helps a lot with a proper launch off of a jump. keep practicing, good luck.
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Old 07-26-07, 12:51 PM
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Thanks for the info Jeff, it will definitely help my friend and me too! By "unweighting" the bike do you mean bending the legs? Also, do you lift the back end with your hands pulling the bars? This might help me hop higher and my friend understand better after he joins the forums.
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Originally Posted by PDXJeff View Post
The bunny hop is a simple and essential move that has several dynamics to it. Learning the mechanics of a bunny hop is important. Speed, strength, and skill all come into play. Try hopping at different speeds. Mt bikers hop smaller obstacles at high speed, while Trials riders can do huge bunny hops while not moving at all. Upper body strength helps a lot. If you don't have the strength to initially pull the front of the bike high enough, then you probably won't hop as high as you want. If you're a small person on a heavy bike, you'll never bunny hop very high
That's some extremely useful information, and a great explanation of the dynamics. It could also explain why I'm not very good . (small person, heavy bike). I do have a fair amount of upper body strength (well, for a female person, that is), so that helps. Thanks PDXJeff!

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I can Bronco a lot higher then I can Bunnyhop. Also i can manuel for about 5 seconds, wheelie a lot farther.
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Old 07-26-07, 02:34 PM
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I just pull into a manual, then hop, all in one smooth, quick motion. if you level out fast, you can get about 3' of air. I can only get about 2.5 feet right now, still hoping to hit 3 sometime, though.
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Originally Posted by L!vE2R!D3 View Post
Twmowery, how long did it take you to manual? That's what I want to re-learn the most.
I can only pump like twice before the front drops. I'm not that great yet. It took me about 1 month or so to get where I am.
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I can only bunny hop a little over a foot at best. But at least I can clear curbs easily (so long as I'm not feeling lazy or going way too fast on the ride back from work).
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Captain crash summed it up well. Although 2.5-3 feet of air is exceptional for most people.

If you're smoothly hopping curbs and random obstacles while cruising around than you're doing good.

Live2rid3, unweighting or lifting the bike involves both of what you asked about. Bending the knees allows the bicycle to rise higher under your body. Don't think so much about your body going up in the air as the bicycle rising and compressing under you. While bending your knees if you push your arms forward a little bit and set your butt behind the seat, you can really bring the bike up high under you. The good grips and hand strength comes into play if you can put a little forward twist into your hand grip when unweighting the rear. It doesn't sound like much but with some momentum it can give you that little extra. It's several motions synchronizing together, so try one thing at a time to get comfortable. Practicing someplace like an empty parking lot helps.

This is a good description. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sF-PoXR9ZU


This is a nice one too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCehldQB8AU


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It took me about a day to do a bunny hop, though it was a very small bunny hop. I can bunny hop about a foot now, but I don't pull the front wheel up first, I bring the whole bike up at the same time. None of my friends can do it the way I do it. It's quite strange.
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None of my friends can do it the way I do it. It's quite strange.
That's what she said!
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Old 07-27-07, 10:21 AM
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It took me about a day to do a bunny hop, though it was a very small bunny hop. I can bunny hop about a foot now, but I don't pull the front wheel up first, I bring the whole bike up at the same time. None of my friends can do it the way I do it. It's quite strange.
You'll never get anywhere hopping that way, learn the right way.
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Originally Posted by Anon View Post
It took me about a day to do a bunny hop, though it was a very small bunny hop. I can bunny hop about a foot now, but I don't pull the front wheel up first, I bring the whole bike up at the same time. None of my friends can do it the way I do it. It's quite strange.
That's definitely not a bunnyhop! Bunnyhops involves the front wheel to come up first, then tuck, and then level-out.
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I think we have a detective here...
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i concur
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Thats not the best idea to go buy a light bike if yours is too heavy right away. What you should do is get good with a heavy bike so when you get a light bike your muscles will be so used to the heavy bike you'll be able to bunny hop LOTS higher. That's what im doing, my bike is currently 34.5 lbs and I'm getting a new bike next friday that's 27 lbs.
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Strength has very little to do with hopping...
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