How To Bunny Hop A Bike | GCN’s Pro Cycling Tips

– The ability to bunny hop is
not exactly crucial for us, as road cyclists, but there is no doubt, that on occasion, that skill can get you out
of some serious trouble. And there’s also the fact that if you need to negotiate a
curb on the way to a cafe stop, it gives you extra style points. So let’s show you exactly how to do one. Before we get cracking, you do, of course, want to make sure that your
bike is in good working order, that everything is tight,
especially the through axles, or quick releases here, but
once you’re happy with that, we can start talking technique, and I think that for this trick, we should take some hints
and tricks from our friends at the Global Mountain Bike Network, because they know what
they’re talking about, when it comes to getting air. So, there are two parts to a
properly executed bunny hop. You don’t just pull both
wheels up at the same time, but rather pull the front wheel up first, and then follow through
with the back wheel. The first thing you want to practice then, is just getting your front wheel
off the ground on it’s own. So find a nice quiet and flat area, and mark yourself a line like this one. Approach the line at
somewhere above walking pace. So not too fast, but
also not too slow either. And just before you get
there, bend your elbows, then simultaneously pull back, whilst also moving your body weight toward the back of the bike. This simple motion should
be more than enough to get your front wheel off the ground. Essentially, what you are doing here, is what they call a manual. So well done. You’ve already
learned a new trick today. Take time though, to practice this, and you should find you
can get your front wheel a good five or six inches off the ground. Once you’ve got the first part down, it’s time to get the rear
wheel off the ground. So use your same piece of ground, and approach the line at the same speed, this time with your body weight backwards. Once you get there, move your body weight towards the front of the bike, while simultaneously kicking
your pedals up behind you. Now, with clippers pedals, it is quite easy to cheat this bit, but if you’re learning it from scratch, it’s definitely worth getting
the correct technique. So, move your hips upwards and forwards from that rearward position, and scoop up with your feet behind you. Again, you should be able
to get your rear wheel a good five or six inches off the ground. As you get more confident, it’s time to start
putting the two together. So, front wheel up, back wheel up, straight afterwards. Initially, you can keep
this as two separate steps done quite closely together, just to get your brain and
your body used to that motion. But once you feel you’re
confident and you’re ready, it’s time to bring them together. So, before your marked line, start with your weight
a little over the bars, then move your body backwards, extending your arms. Then, just before your front
wheel gets to peak height, move your body forwards and upwards, and scoop your feet up. All being well, this should result in you getting both wheels off the ground, at the same time, i.e.,
you’re getting air, which means congratulations are in order! You are now a bonafide bunny-hopperer. Now, this bunny-hopping thing, it’s not something that you are going to
be able to do overnight, unless perhaps you are a teenager. But put the practice and the time in, and I have full confidence
that everyone out there can eventually do a bunny hop. Make sure, though, that you are very confident
before you attempt to bunny hop up a curb, on to the way to the cafe stop. I can tell you from experience, that that will hurt both
you, and your pride, if you get it wrong. Right, if you are yet to subscribe to the Global Cycling Network, please do so right now
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