How To Bar Spin | Mountain Bike Tricks

How To Bar Spin | Mountain Bike Tricks


– Welcome back, you beautiful people. And, yes, today’s a good day. I’m gonna teach you how
to bar spin (chuckles). This is the bar spin,
super simple, but it’s not. I’m going to try and break
it down a little bit, into a few steps just
to help you understand how to do the bar spin, because it’s a bit of a
love hate relationship when you start to learn the bar spin. But, first, we need to
have someone help me build something first, this is Blake. (laughs) Yo, what’s up Blake? – Hiya!
– Get digging. The perfect place to learn the
bar spin is out of a fly up, so a little kicker to flat top on top, you can jump up, get some
air, learn to spin the bars, you’re not going too high, you’re not trying to
clear a gap or anything. You can put your feet
down, it’s super simple. So, I’m going to show you that, after he’s finished building
that, he’s nearly done. Anyway, let’s move on. (funk music) – Done! – Right, before we get throwing
those bar spins around, there’s a few important things that I need to point out before
we get into that section, and that is, bar width,
because it’s super important. You don’t want to have super
wide bars like 800 mm bars, because they could touch your saddle, and you could stop it,
it’s just difficult. Unless, you’re a basketball player, and you got massive arms, you can spin those B’s all day long. But, for me, I’m running 760, it’s a little bit wider than normal, but I can still fling those bars, because I like to have
a slightly wider bar out there on the trail. Next up is seat height. I, when I started learning it, I did lift my saddle up a little bit more, it does look a little bit silly to me, but, hey, it helps you,
because that lets that saddle grip into your knees a lot easier when you shift your body weight into it, but, I’ll come to that in a bit. Next up, if you’re trying to
learn it on an Enduro bike, well, you’re gonna struggle. You’ve got spaghetti
junction out the front there, you’ve got your front
brake into consideration. You’ve got your shifter,
you’ve got your dropper post, it’s going to get all mixed up, and you probably won’t be
able to turn your bars anyway. But, here’s a way around
it, you can adapt your bike to spin in those B’s. But that’s another video in itself, how to bar spin an Enduro bike. Let me know in the comments down below if you want to see that, let’s
move on to the next step. Alright, I did say about it, finding a good jump to do the bar spin on, to practice it, is a fly up. I got Blake to dig this, he’s
done a perfect job of it. And what I mean by fly up, you
can dig this into any bank, just to get a nice flat
surface so you can like, land, you don’t have to clear
a gap, or anything. But you can do it on table tops, just fly out land on top of the table top. Or, if you go to the skate
park, go to a quarter pipe, just fly out the top and land on top deck. It’s a great place to learn, because you don’t want to find somewhere where there’s a gap to learn
it, because it get scary and you don’t want to get
too high when doing it. Right, let’s move on to the next step. So, the next step, where do
you start with a bar spin? Well, you start on the floor on your back! I’ve showed you how to
do the tuck on a handle by laying on the floor,
seeing how the bike moves, you see the characteristics of it instead of being in the air
and finding out the wrong way. So, with the bar spin,
exactly the same thing, you want to see how it
goes, you can pass the bars, see where, or how the
bike moves in the air, without getting in the air. You can go either way, figure
out where you’ll need to be, see if you’re going to clip your knees when the bars spin round, so you see that. You need to bring the
bike more into your knees, you want to clamp your
knees on that saddle. If you’re going to throw them, there’s two ways of doing the bar spin. There’s the bus driver, what
I mean by the bus driver is you’re passing it, holding
the bars all the way round, which I prefer to do myself. And the other one is you’re throwing them, doing the bar spin, but
that’s quite hard and scary. Plus, you’re going to have to have your saddle up a little bit more so you can grip with your
knees on that saddle. So it’s a good way to just see
how the bike moves in the air when spinning your bars. It’s pretty cool actually, you can spend loads of time doing it. Right, next step. Right, I’m going to break
this down to five steps. And the first one, is jumping. You’ve got to make sure
you can get up into the air get a little bit of height, so you can get that bar spin spun. Right, that next step is locking your knees into that saddle. And, by having a higher
saddle than normal, it’s going to help you a lot more on this, because it’s going to
be a little bit easier to lock your knees in to it. But you want to approach the jump, soon as you take off, you want
to push your bike forward, you want to level it out and
you want to lock your knees into that seat post, just like this here. Right, so yeah, by having a higher saddle you can lock your knees in a lot, it’s going to stop your
bike from dropping away if you’re going to throw them or bus driver them by passing them around. Next step, where it gets interesting. Right, now I’m down to
the nitty gritty bit, where we going to throw those bars, but you’ve got to find out which way you want to spin the bars. Is it with your left hand or
is it with your right hand? I’m going to explain that. Right, let’s break this down, which way are you going
to spin those bars? It’s simples, really. If you’re right– come over here actually. Come over here and I’ll
explain, I’ll explain. So, if you’re right foot forward, you want to spin with your right hand. If you’re left foot forward, you want to spin with your left hand. But then, I’m a bit of a weirdo, and I’m a goofy footed rider. I’m right foot forward
and I spin with my left. So, it doesn’t matter, whatever way suits you best to spin those bars, whichever way feels natural to you, just learn it that way
and spin those bars. Right, now let’s talk
about, let’s get into it. Now we know what goofy
is and what regular is and which way you’re
going to throw the bars, I like to throw with my left hand, so I’m going to carve out to the right. And what I mean by
carving out to the right is I can land a little bit sideways and it’s a little bit easier to get out of the bar
spin if it gets wrong, you can just jump off,
throw your bike away, and get off nicely. But if you’re going straight,
and you’re going to bar spin, you’re going to land in your bike. So, it’s key to just go to a little– jump out a little bit
sideways and spin those bars. Plus, it’s going to help
you lock that saddle into your legs when you
grip it and throw the bars. Right, step by step, we’ve broken it down, all the way to pinching
that saddle with your knees, so you’ve leveled it out,
but it’s all one motion. So, you’re jumping, you’re leveling out, you’re clamping with
your knees on your seat. Whilst you’re doing that,
you’ll be thinking about passing the bars round
through and grabbing it. But it’s all about
looking at your stem cap, looking down at the bars,
going all the way around, passing them round so you can see it. It’s super simple when you think about it, but it’s pretty scary, it’s a love hate
relationship, to be honest. When I was learning it, I would do a bar and I’d get scared of letting go, and I would land like this, and I would do that a few times and think, “Wow, this is not nice, it’s painful,” and you keep doing it, until you start thinking
about opening up your palm, palming it round as well, grabbing it with your
right hand, and landing it, but it’s all one fluid motion. Okay, so I’m going to break
down the throwing of the bars. So, you can actually just throw it and let it spin round
and grab it and ride off, but I feel like that’s
a bit sketchy for me. I’ve learnt to pass it
because I feel more in control of the bar spin itself. So,
I’m going to break it down. Soon as I start going to spin the bars, I let go with my right
hand, I move it out the way. My left hand is passing the
bar round, and as you can see, I start to move it with
the back of my hand. But then my right hand comes
in just above my top tube, grabs the bar, pulls it round, and then my left hand just opens up and grabs those
handlebars, and I ride off, stoked I did a bar spin. Right, so, catching. So
you’ve thrown the bars, you’ve passed it all the way around, you looking at your stem cap, you’re catching it with your right hand, or, likewise, the other way, you’re catching it with your left hand. When you catch, I do tend to like, land, a bit like this, but it doesn’t matter, you’ve still got control
of your handlebars, you can just slide them
across and carry on riding on. But, don’t worry, when you’re learning, you will be catching like this,
I used to catch like this, it’s going to hurt,
all those little bolts. Likewise, when you’re on your break, if you’re running a
break on your right side, you tend to catch it like this, and it’s going to hurt a little bit, but more times you practice, the better you will be at spotting where your handlebars are. I’ve got bright grips so
that helps a little bit, I can see where I’m going to put my hand. Wow, so you’ve practiced and practiced on that little fly up, and
the possibilities are endless. You can take it to other
obstacles out there. What about a 360 bar
spin on this big step up? (laughs) (funk music) Wow! 360 bar spin, wow. The hop bar spin, bunny
hop bar spin, it’s endless. As soon as you get this
trick in your arsenal, it’s insane what you can do with it, it’s really good when
you’re on the streets. When you’re having a session the streets, you can show off to your mates doing it, you can do tricks like that, it’s endless. Hopefully these few tips
have helped you out, understand how to do the bar spin. Let me know in the comments down below if you’re struggling on certain bits, I’ll get back to you. But, if you want to see
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