Category: BMX

How to Impress Your Friends – 4 Basic BMX Bicycle Stunts

Got a BMX bike, but don’t know any stunts? Got the guts to learn some? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

BMX bikes are designed to do things that will surprise a lot of people. Because those bikes are versatile, lightweight, and durable, they can take a lot of beating. Racing and mountain bikes are fragile and would be likely to break if any stunts were attempted on them.

If you want to learn BMX bike stunts, you would be better off starting with basic flatland tricks.

The Barspin

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The best way to practice this technique is to remain stationary. You want to have your seat at the same level as your knees, so you can catch it if you lose your balance. Also, be sure to secure your back wheel against a fence or a wall.

  1. Press both your knees against the nose of your seat.
  2. With your feet on both pedals, lean back and lift the handlebars at least a foot high.
  3. Immediately spin your handlebars clockwise or counterclockwise, whichever is more comfortable for you.
  4. After the handlebars rotate fully, catch them with your opposite hand. Let the bike down.
  5. Keep practicing until you can do all the above steps in one fluid movement.
  6. Now do it while riding (slowly)!

The Wheelie

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The wheelie is not as easy as it looks. However, once you master it, you’ll be able to do it with your eyes closed (that being said, please don’t actually do it with your eyes closed!) In order to do this trick, you have to lift your front wheel high up in the air by leaning back and pedaling hard.

  1. Start by moving slowly on a low gear, preferably third and first (or second and second).
  2. Pedal hard.
  3. Gradually lean back and pull up on the handlebars.
  4. Keep pedaling with the front wheel up in the air, and let your handlebars down.
  5. Don’t let your front wheel turn sideways more than a few degrees while landing.
  6. If you have trouble mastering this trick, try doing it with a lower gear.

The Endo

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This trick is like a wheelie, but with the back wheel instead of the front. It’s actually much easier than doing a wheelie… if you have good balance, that is.

  1. Start pedaling at a low speed.
  2. If you’re comfortable, do it standing up.
  3. After gaining slight momentum, pull the front brakes very hard.
  4. Keep both feet on the pedals.
  5. Lean your body forward until the back wheel lifts off the ground.
  6. Hold the position for as long as possible, and then let your bike down.

The Bunny Hop

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This trick is great for hopping curbs without having to slow down. You have to lift your bike high and then level your bike out while landing. It’s a neat trick, but it may take a while for you to master it. It’s never too late to learn a new trick, right?

  1. Start by pedaling at a low speed.
  2. Lift your front wheel (see instructions for The Wheelie)
  3. Point your toes slightly towards the ground
  4. While putting pressure on the pedals, push your legs back towards your rear end. This should lift your back wheel. You can lean forward slightly if you need to.
  5. Steps 2-4 need to be done in a fluid motion. Lift your back wheel as soon as your front wheel leaves the ground.
  6. Practice, practice, practice!

How to Impress Your Friends – 4 Basic BMX Bicycle Stunts – Guest post by Chiara Fucarino. Chiara is writing for Cruiser Bikes, a great cruiser bike and cool bike accessories shop

Interbike Gets Right with BMX for Olympics

The Olympics is taking its second jump with BMX in London this year and the sport’s bigger international profile has given the tradeshow organizers of Interbike something to grind their gears on.

This year’s annual gathering of bicycle enthusiasts, manufacturers and peddlers (to abuse a homonym) in Las Vegas will be giving BMX a larger stage presence, in no small part thanks to an obvious nod from the International Olympic Committee by bringing the sport back to the Summer Games for a second year.

The Interbike International Biking Expo is celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2012 and would do well to use the celebration as an opportunity to more fully welcome a sport that supports some of the tradeshow’s biggest participants. Interbike has long made room for the “BMX Zone,” part of the tradeshow presentation area dedicated to those in the industry niche, but this year they’ve taken it up a few pegs and have even formed a BMX advisory panel.

BMX got its start in Southern California back in 1970s when kids decided riding their bikes on the pavement wasn’t as fun as grinding them through the dirt. A little quick math and it becomes apparent that BMX was maturing as a sport while Interbike was still in short pants, which means those early dirt-track riders likely had significant tradeshow influence right from the start.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt the BMX community or Interbike that the BMX Olympic competition will take place in August and serve as the perfect prelude to the opening events at Interbike just a little over one month later. Although nothing has been set in stone and it’s clearly too early to forecast victory, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few medal winners drop in at the expo – if organizers ask nicely.


Author’s Byline:

James Madeiros writes for Vein BMX, which offers a large selection of bike related products in their BMX store.