BMX: How To Bunny Hop
There are many different tricks you can learn if you are into BMX; how to bunny hop is one of them. If you enjoy doing tricks on your bike and would like to know how to bunny hop, the following tips can help you. The bunny hop, which is sometimes known as the J-Hop, is a simple bike trick that is basically the foundation for most other BMX tricks. You may also want to learn how to do the bunny hop because it is a helpful BMX skill, enabling you to avoid hazards such as potholes.
- To learn how to bunny hop, first ride at a decent speed and make sure that your legs and arms are bent so you will be able to pop up. The bunny hop is executed by approaching an barrier with a medium rolling speed, arms and legs slightly bent. While the front wheel of the bike is coming close to the barrier, you must bend down, then jerk up on the handlebars, elevating the front wheel of the bike upward into the air at the height needed to clear the barrier. Some believe that the bunny hop is accomplished by bracing both of the wheels off the ground simultaneously; however, the bunny hop is executed by bracing first the front wheel.
- In this position you must then spring up on the bike, as you are pushing the bike ahead from under yourself and folding your knees to bring the bike under. This fold motion balances the bike and causes the back of the bike to go up in the air.
- There are some who think they have to position their toes downward so that they will be able to use their feet to pull the rear of the bike up. This is not the case, though this practice can be used to help if needed. The main component of accurately performing a bunny hop is the motion of the rider throwing his body weight upward in an abrupt fashion after the front wheel has been jerked up.
Learning how to do the bunny hop enables you to shoot your bike into the air just like leaping the bike off of an incline. The bunny hop, although very similar to the Ollie, is one of the first and most basic BMX tricks a cyclist learns. Although the bunny hop can be difficult to learn, once accomplished it unlocks a whole new stage of riding prospects for you.