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Can road bikes handle going off curbs, bunny hops, etc.?

Old 10-30-06, 04:11 PM
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Can road bikes handle going off curbs, bunny hops, etc.?

I am new to road biking (old MTBer) and some have told me never to go off curbs, etc. Can my bike and wheels handle going up and down curbs, small bunny hops, etc. or will this do damage. It's a C'Dale Six13 with a Ksyrium SL wheelset.
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You can do some of these activities but really depends on what you mean by curb. In other words constant jumping like 6" curves or just once in a while. And bunny hopping is a tactic used by all bikers at times.
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How much do you weigh?
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I weigh 150-160, so I'm fairly average.
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Originally Posted by msheron
You can do some of these activities but really depends on what you mean by curb. In other words constant jumping like 6" curves or just once in a while. And bunny hopping is a tactic used by all bikers at times.
So if you have to go down a curb to get on the road or cross an obstacle or something, you don't stop and gingerly lower your wheels or anything, right? I don't want to be a wuss, but I don't want to crack my new $800 wheels, either.
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Originally Posted by ROJA
So if you have to go down a curb to get on the road or cross an obstacle or something, you don't stop and gingerly lower your wheels or anything, right? I don't want to be a wuss, but I don't want to crack my new $800 wheels, either.
No............good question. People think road bikes are fragile and they really are resilant and can take some abuse. I would jump off the curb with ease< does that make sense?
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Originally Posted by ROJA
I weigh 150-160, so I'm fairly average.
That's no avg. I hate you! LOL! I am 6' and weigh 195!
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I'm only 5'9" so no worries. Just think of it as having 15% more muscle...
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Just be smooth. There is a big difference between jumping a curb and running into it hoping you bounce over. If you keep it smooth, no problems. Keep weight off the seat.
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you can jump off curbs no problem and you can bunny hop up them but dont mess up and smash right into the curb. Me being 280 i stop and walk the bikt over anything bigger then 4". under 4" i bunny hop it
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I'm 6' 197lbs and I don't bunny hop or jump off of anything with my road bike. Rims are too dam expensive. That's what MT Bikes and BMX bikes are for!
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I stick to emergency use only, such as seeing a deep pothole or big chunk of debris at the last instant. Bunny hop it. I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to do it though.
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Originally Posted by Tappets
I stick to emergency use only, such as seeing a deep pothole or big chunk of debris at the last instant. Bunny hop it. I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to do it though.
Indeed.

I don't use my road bike and it's fragile, expensive, lightweight bits for stuff that my MTB does with great aplomb.
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Originally Posted by Tappets
I stick to emergency use only, such as seeing a deep pothole or big chunk of debris at the last instant. Bunny hop it. I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to do it though.
+ 1

Most bikes are built to withstand this type of “impact”, but when you consider the cost of most contemporary road bikes why risk damaging your ride.
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Kysyrium sl are next to bomb proof. But don't break them on purpose. My equipes are bomb proof. I am 170, ride em, wreck em, hop em, jump em. Still fast and tru after 10K.
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Originally Posted by Tappets
I stick to emergency use only, such as seeing a deep pothole or big chunk of debris at the last instant. Bunny hop it. I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to do it though.
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You can easily unweight as you come off a curb to the roadway. As well as going from road to curb. I've done staircases on a road bike. Hey it was a messenger thing....ok? Bunny hopping train tracks isn't unheard of at speed. Also bloody great holes in the roadway, construction trenches, those big steel plates O death with the 1.5 inch vertical, straight edged rim killers. Comin' off the ground on your road bike ain't no thang, just land it like a ballerina and soak up the compression.
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My favorite is when roadies use the clips to bunny hop...
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My favorite is when roadies use the clips to bunny hop...
Um...yeah. I learned the technique racing BMX. I could bunny hop quite well without clips, but using them makes it easier, smoother, and more controllable. Why wouldn't you?
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I do it all the time, as in every day.

Where the weight is while you are doing these maneuvers is significant.

If I roll off a curb just right, it's smooth as butter. All the weight on the back wheel as the front wheel rolls off and transfer the weight to the front wheel as the rear rolls off.

Same idea popping a curb. Get the weight off the front wheel and get it over the curb and transfer the weight to the front wheel and let the back wheel pop over the curb.

Occasionally I'll miss it mash the wheels. I haven't had any damage yet. I do slow down considerable for curbs going off and on at 10-12 mph.

Bunny hops are a different story. Sometime they're nice and smooth, other times all 220 lbs. of me slams onto the bike. I'm working on it though.

Back to your original question, ride it like it was meant to be ridden. Pop some curbs with her. I've never stopped to walk the bike. ok, once, but I had a 40lb. box on the back and that freaked me out.
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If I need to jump up on a curb (which I rarly do, I don't commute on my roadie) I slow to about 10 mph and pop the front wheel up, wait till the back wheel gets up on the curb, then keep goin.
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Oscar Freire (3x World Champ) bunny hopped a curb to take the shorter route around a traffic circle in a big race this year. He was in a break, hauling ass towards the finish, and was in the back of the 4 man group. Just swung to the right, brought it back to the left , pulled up and forward with the handlebars and jumped with his pedals, and he was up and over it. Landed smoothly and took off like a bat out of hell for 1 or 2k.
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I've seen Fignon clear the armco on a descent into a bush and climb out....a bit scratched but the Gitane was unscathed.
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That's a bit double-edged!
I'd hope my $800 dollars rims could handle a little bit of abuse, but i wouldn't want to risk $800 to find out.
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Originally Posted by ROJA
I am new to road biking (old MTBer) and some have told me never to go off curbs, etc. Can my bike and wheels handle going up and down curbs, small bunny hops, etc. or will this do damage. It's a C'Dale Six13 with a Ksyrium SL wheelset.
You located in the San Francisco Bay Area, right? I'm just wondering if the question you posted is for your particular riding or what.
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