Jumping up with a bike is very useful on trails. Once you become good at it, you'll be able to jump obstacles or if you become airborne unexpectedly you'll know what to do.
Bunny Hopping -
- Look ahead where you're planning to bunny hop, keep your weight low and level your cranks.
- Spring your body up while pulling on the handlebars. As you feel the front wheel lift off of the ground, pull up with your feet and bring the back wheel up.
- Once you feel like you're about to land, relax so that your arms and legs will absorb the landing.
- Keep your weight over both wheels so that they will land at the same time.
Dropping In -
- As you lift the front wheel up, level your cranks as you go over the edge.
- Once you are in the air begin to look around for a place to land. Again, relax your arms and legs so that they will absorb the shock of landing.
- It is very difficult to land a jump so the only thing you can do is stay relaxed. This will reduce the risk of damaging your bike.
Big Air -
Once you learn how to bunny hop you will be able to take that to a new level, but always remember to wear your helmet and gloves while attempting jumps!
In the Air -
Since you are heavier than your bike, you will need to keep your weight back on the saddle because you will have more momentum than your bike and could easily flip over the handlebars.
How to Land - There are two important things to remember:
- Land on both wheels at the same time because a heavy landing on the front tire can bend the fork.
- Keep your body relaxed to absorb the shock of landing. You can end up injuring yourself or damaging your bike.