How To Bunny Hop On A Bmx Bike
Bunny hops are an integral part of everyday BMX riding. It's a fun trick to do and can be applied on every obstacles that you might encounter. Learn how to do it with this video tutorial. Watch it and master it and I guarantee you that you will enjoy it.
We're going to look at how to do a bunny hop on a BMX bike. This is a really important trick for any kind of BMX whether you're riding street, park, vert, even racing and flatland BMX. It is used in all aspects general day to day riding around your bike, bouncing up curbs, jumping over obstacles and things like that.
What we're going to do is we're going to break this trick down into sections. The first thing to remember is to make sure your bike is in good working order, everything is tight your brakes work, you've got good amount of air in your tires before you perform any trick. Once that is done, obviously your safety equipment as well, if you are a beginning rider and you need to learn these basics I recommend putting on pads and even a crash helmet on depending on where you are and what sort of thing you are going to be doing.
The first thing you need to know about a bunny hop is you are going to need to learn to get the front wheel off the ground basically and to that it is almost like you are going to do a wheelie or a manual wheelie. You need to actually ride along and pick the front of the bike up and to do this you need to lean your body weight slightly backwards over the seat, not a lot just a little bit, you want to pull back on the bars as if you are going to pull a wheelie. Don't worry about what the back is doing at the moment; we'll get to that section when we do the back wheel.
And sometimes just by doing that it does pull the back up when you push the front down but don't worry too much because there is something that you can do to make the back wheel fall back to the ground. Once you've got the first bit down, that is the start of it; you are going to be starting off with this movement with the BMX. A lot of bunny hops are kind of together so you jump together and you land together.
There's not really a preference with BMX you tend to come up with the front wheel high. If you want to get the height, you bring the front wheel high and you need to level out the back so you could get quite high with a bunny hop depending on body strength and technique. So that is the front bit done, over to the back bit, what you are going to do is virtually even if you are just going along and don't worry about the front for the time being and try to do the opposite on the back so try to put your body weight over the bars, lean forward slightly and push your feet into the pedals and at the same time you don't want to put your body weight back here and wonder whether the back is going to come up, you got to be going forwards.
So in other words you want to be able to try and do that movement, don't do that too much otherwise you will just flip over the bars, just enough to get that back wheel off the ground and for it to feel really comfortable for you then the last section of this trick is putting the two together. Now for this, you have to kind of spring load your body slightly. So you can approach the trick at medium speed, you're going to bend your knees slightly, you are going to bring your front up and that's how you bunny hop on a BMX bike.