Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

How do you properly hop curbs?

Notices
Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

How do you properly hop curbs?

Old 08-31-11, 05:01 PM
  #1  
JahRo225
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 24
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
How do you properly hop curbs?

Just wondering lol. Around my campus, there are tons of curbs, but I've never actually tried jumping over one. I have a mountain bike, but it doesn't have a huge amount of front suspension, enough though. I just don't want to embarass myself
JahRo225 is offline  
Old 08-31-11, 05:36 PM
  #2  
blue9
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Portland
Posts: 39

Bikes: Fuji Grand SE; '73 Nishiki Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Did you never do bunny-hops on a BMX as a kid? Same thing. You don't need front suspension. As you approach the curb kinda squat down on your bike, then straighten your legs, pull up on the handle bars and push down on both pedals so that you're transferring your weight into the rear wheel and just as all of your weight pushes down through your legs/pedals/wheel then you kinda jump - your feet don't leave the pedals though...when you jump your bike comes up with you and stays in contact with your feet. Pretend your rear wheel is your feet, and you're pushing off the ground with your rear wheel. You can practice on the street in case you're worried you won't clear the curb. Jump manhole covers or sticks.
blue9 is offline  
Old 08-31-11, 05:42 PM
  #3  
SouthFLpix
Senior Member
 
SouthFLpix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 1,230

Bikes: 2007 Giant Cypress DX, Windsor Tourist 2011

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Just as a side note, I would not try to hop a curb with a bike that is loaded down with panniers. You probably won't make it and it could cause a spill.
SouthFLpix is offline  
Old 08-31-11, 07:14 PM
  #4  
neotheone
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 73
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You're on a mountain bike so really you could probably just run it over but blue9 hit the nail on the head
neotheone is offline  
Old 08-31-11, 08:06 PM
  #5  
JahRo225
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 24
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Well they've got a few that are about 6 inches or so, so I don't wanna just roll over that haha, just single-walled rims. And no, I didn't do any BMX stuff as a kid, but I did ride on trails lol
JahRo225 is offline  
Old 09-01-11, 01:13 AM
  #6  
MilitantPotato
Subjectively Insane
 
MilitantPotato's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Posts: 802

Bikes: '09 Rodriguez Adventurer Custom, '08 Trek 7.3Fx

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I jump them one wheel at a time, bit easier on the bike, and my body. Catching the curb with the rear at speed HURTS.
MilitantPotato is offline  
Old 09-01-11, 02:58 AM
  #7  
ollyisk
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 305
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by SouthFLpix View Post
Just as a side note, I would not try to hop a curb with a bike that is loaded down with panniers. You probably won't make it and it could cause a spill.
I jump curbs all the time with panniers. You just need to make sure they're secure.

Curb jumping also depends on your bike, tires, and wheels. I ride a Salsa La Cruz (cyclocross bike) with 700x32c tires...I keep the front around 90 PSI and the rear around 75-80 PSI (just so it's a little more squishy). Although most road wheels (if properly tensioned) can take tons of curbs, I have 29er MTB wheels (Stan's Arches) because I'm bigger--about 240ish with my panniers/gear--and don't want to worry about bending a rim out of shape.

To hop a curb, I slow down, do a wheelie with my front wheel and roll over with my rear wheel. I wouldn't suggest hitting a curb at a speed though.

If you're on a MTB with front suspension, curbs should be no problem. I wouldn't worry at all about hopping curbs, especially with such high volume tires. If the curbs are as big as you say though, just make sure that your bike can clear them without bashing your chainrings on concrete.
ollyisk is offline  
Old 09-01-11, 03:40 AM
  #8  
contango 
2 Fat 2 Furious
 
contango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: England
Posts: 3,996

Bikes: 2009 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc, 2009 Specialized Tricross Sport RIP

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by JahRo225 View Post
Well they've got a few that are about 6 inches or so, so I don't wanna just roll over that haha, just single-walled rims. And no, I didn't do any BMX stuff as a kid, but I did ride on trails lol
The way I go up a kerb is to slow on the approach and keep the crank arms horizontal (I keep the right pedal forward but that's just preference), then step on the pedal and pull the handlebars up to lift the front wheel over the kerb. Then as the rear wheel approaches just move your weight forward and give the pedals a push to keep the forward momentum. Round my way they aren't 6", so make sure you've got clearance so you don't catch your chainrings (as someone already said) and be prepared to jump off the saddle in a hurry if you're not familiar with how the bike will react. If you can, practise on smaller steps.

Going down is easier, again I slow on approach (probably not necessary for lighter riders), shift my weight back as the front wheel drops down, then shift my weight forward as the rear wheel drops down. Here the idea is to minimise the impact as the wheels go over the step.

Chances are my bike would cope with treating it much more roughly than this, but the rider might not.
contango is offline  
Old 09-01-11, 03:45 AM
  #9  
MichaelW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: England
Posts: 12,948
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I have hopped curbs on narrow tyres with loaded panniers. You pop the front wheel up as usual then brake, then un-weight the pedals and ride the rear up the curb.
When coming down off a curb, beware of cambered road surfaces.
MichaelW is offline  
Old 09-01-11, 03:55 AM
  #10  
chasm54
Banned.
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Uncertain
Posts: 8,651
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
This is how.
chasm54 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
kentishrookie
Mountain Biking
5
07-15-17 11:44 AM
madnez
BMX
5
10-17-14 06:38 PM
kwakster928
Road Cycling
16
05-04-11 09:02 PM
bezzer
Bicycle Mechanics
10
10-17-10 08:59 PM
hannahmontana
General Cycling Discussion
4
05-06-10 09:41 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.