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 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.
- Press both your knees against the nose of your seat.
- With your feet on both pedals, lean back and lift the handlebars at least a foot high.
- Immediately spin your handlebars clockwise or counterclockwise, whichever is more comfortable for you.
- After the handlebars rotate fully, catch them with your opposite hand. Let the bike down.
- Keep practicing until you can do all the above steps in one fluid movement.
- Now do it while riding (slowly)!
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.
- Start by moving slowly on a low gear, preferably third and first (or second and second).
- Pedal hard.
- Gradually lean back and pull up on the handlebars.
- Keep pedaling with the front wheel up in the air, and let your handlebars down.
- Don’t let your front wheel turn sideways more than a few degrees while landing.
- If you have trouble mastering this trick, try doing it with a lower gear.
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.
- Start pedaling at a low speed.
- If you’re comfortable, do it standing up.
- After gaining slight momentum, pull the front brakes very hard.
- Keep both feet on the pedals.
- Lean your body forward until the back wheel lifts off the ground.
- Hold the position for as long as possible, and then let your bike down.
The Bunny Hop
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?
- Start by pedaling at a low speed.
- Lift your front wheel (see instructions for The Wheelie)
- Point your toes slightly towards the ground
- 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.
- Steps 2-4 need to be done in a fluid motion. Lift your back wheel as soon as your front wheel leaves the ground.
- Practice, practice, practice!