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Old 04-15-05, 09:47 PM
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help on bunny hopping

im sorry im such a newb but i need help on how to buuny hop. Any tips?
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Old 04-15-05, 11:44 PM
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I learned it by leaning forward and getting your weight centered over both wheels, then just kind of hopping up. I started out with rear wheel first, then front up, just an inch or two, but progressed so I can do front first, and all of 7-8 inches (go me... lol)
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Old 04-16-05, 12:51 AM
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Practice. Once you get better, you can jump over curbs and stuff. I can do 1 foot (I beat you madman), but still not close to trials riders.
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Old 04-16-05, 01:14 AM
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I've been trying those forward hops.. man, that takes a lot of energy. And I need to build up my arm and chest muscles, since apparently trials moves use those a lot.
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my neighbor bunny hops his bike into the bed of his pickup truck so he doesn't have to lift it up there. it's impressive.

i, on the other hand, can't get over the curb.
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Old 04-16-05, 07:32 AM
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juniorcaveman - that IS impressive...(the truck bed part....not the 'can't get over the curb part )

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Old 04-16-05, 07:56 AM
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a fun thing to do once u learn to bunny hop is to spin urself then u can turn around in one spot.
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Old 04-16-05, 07:59 AM
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cool. ill try that.
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Old 04-16-05, 09:05 AM
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I cant bunny hop for crap. Even with clipless pedals I can just bearly make one nice graceful motion over the mighty curb. If i find a log on the trail or whatnot I just lift my front end and then my back end a little, it tend sto roll right over
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i have problems getting my front wheel up first ,which is the trick when you want to jump on stuff!!!lifting both at the same time is fairly easy i think.
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Old 04-16-05, 10:40 AM
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Hae you ever tried proper djing at a bmx track with kicker style jumps, monkey? You will learn how to bunny hop pretty easily, the movement to really get high is very very similar to a bunny hop.
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Old 04-16-05, 10:54 AM
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Try lifting the front end up and when the front wheel passes the axel of the rear, un-weight your legs and at the same time push the handle bar downwards and then away from you in a curving motion and this will enable the back wheel to come off of the ground. This was a little trick that a trials biking house mate of mine showed me, of course he could get his trials bike much further up in the air than I could get my DJ bike up.

One way to practice is to find a jump box. Ride up it and as you approach the lip on the other side carry out the technique above (ie lift the front end up as much as you can just before the front wheel approaches the lip, then un-weight the back end straight away). This should help you to learn how to un-weight the back end, even if you can't get your front up much.
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thx guys.no i have not jumped real bmx dirt jumps,and there is no jumps around here anywhere ,but when i am back home i will try building some.
by un-weighting the back ,do you mean bending your legs?
whenever i try pulling the front up first i catch myself just jumping up from the paddles but the damn tire stays on the ground.bummer!
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It can be pretty hard to train yourself to move the right way. Unweighting the back is pretty subtle... Try doing stoppies at low speed, and controlling them well. Even better, try doing endos without using your front brake. It's possible, and some people can even do nose stalls and then roll back on their front wheel without brakes.
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Nose stalls + rolling back = impossible w/out brakes, or foot in forks. The forward momentum won't be stopped.
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https://www.bmxbasics.org/new/bmx0703.html it is for BMX but has the same idea. I used it after i already knew how to bunnyhop and it was suprising how much higher i could go.
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Nice find bruiser.

Edit: hooligan, you can do that on a slope kinda like this (or a little shallower):


(That started out being a box with a curved section out of it, then I wanted to make it cuter.. lol)


Anyway, you could roll up to it slowly enough to stop at the top, then just lean forward and balance right on the lip of the jump, or a little onto the flat top of it. Then a backhop isn't too hard, and some can ride nose manuals out of those things. This one guy who was at the skatepark can do that on his BMX without brakes... Well, he didn't roll back out of it on one wheel, but he balanced on the front wheel at the top and rolled back down.

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Thats incredible. Nice job.
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I never realized how hard it is to put into words a certain technique....

I actually put forward pressure on my bars (like preparing to do a nose wheelie), scrunch down a little on the pedals, then spring up while pulling up (and pushing forward) on the bars, and lifting the rear with my legs.

That don't even sound right to me.... Whatever.

All I know is I can clear fallen trees up to 18"-20" in diameter if I time everything right. It's all to easy to pretzel the rims if your timing is off when you're flying down a trail and you mis-judge a bunny hop. Sure is fun when you stick one though....
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Wow, good site!
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Originally Posted by hooligan
Nose stalls + rolling back = impossible w/out brakes, or foot in forks. The forward momentum won't be stopped.

Ever watch joe prisel ride? He does some awesome front wheel tricks with no brakes.
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Old 04-17-05, 09:20 AM
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*goes to the site* .... have i been approaching the bunny hop incorrectly this whole time?

when you watch trials riders bunny hop, they have their front wheel all the way up before they spring up with the rest of their body, dont they? (https://free-du.t-com.hr/trials/faq.html#q3_3). In this tutorial the person springs at the same time as the front wheel. Which way does everyone else do it? Which is easier to learn?
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You are talking about a very small technical difference. I bet to get the most height from a standstill bmxers would do the same, they just don't play like that. Just happens bmxing is about flow...trials = hop hop....hop...rotate...hop...JUMP!!!!
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Ooops my mistake I didn't read the faq...ok first off. Trials riders came into the sport of 2 wheeling and started changing names to suit their style. J-hop is a bunny hop. What they are calling a classic bunny hop is what 2 year olds and clipless riders learn to start. In reality its very very poor form. It also produces the worst results in regards to height.

j-hop=bunnyhop=endless other names over the years to categorize the one, the only, bunny hop.
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Old 04-17-05, 10:48 AM
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cool. i found the bmx site the most helpful
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