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can you bunny hop a fixie?(7 posts)

can you bunny hop a fixie?DougSloan
Feb 10, 2003 3:22 PM
I can do this no problem on a coaster, but for the life of me can't get the back tire more than about 1/2 inch off the ground on the fixie. Can anyone do this, and how?

Doug
re: can you bunny hop a fixie?desmo
Feb 10, 2003 4:22 PM
you talkin' at a "walking" pace to jump up a curb, or at speed to clear RR tracks or something? never done the slow stuff. but seem to be able to hop tracks and potholes ok, as on a geared bike. can't really give you any instructions as I never really thought about it. just yank, and bring up your knees (just keep pedaling while you do it)?
at speedDougSloan
Feb 10, 2003 5:23 PM
Seems hard, as one foot is always going down, too.
re: can you bunny hop a fixie?curlupanddie
Feb 10, 2003 7:28 PM
I can, poorly. It seems like my "must land with pedals parallel to the ground" instinct always takes over and I get jolted all over the place, though. It sucks. I usually wuss out and slow way down to clear objects rather than risk the jump.
but of courseFrank Tuesday
Feb 10, 2003 8:44 PM
I don't know how to describe it, it just takes practice. A couple of things make it harder than on a coastie.

1. you can't "set up" as in always having the pedals in the same place.

2. you have to keep pedaling all the way throught the jump.

For the first, just practice taking off at all different pedal postitions. You'll quickly learn to feel the difference. Each takes a completely different approach to the jump. So much so that you aren't just learning to bunny hop, you're learning to bunnyhop 10-15 different ways. The hardest is 12 and 6 o'clock, the easiest is at 2 and 8.

For the second problem, practice riding off of curbs or small jumps. This will get you accustomed to pedaling in mid-air. The most important thing is to not change your cadence.

After a while, it will seem second nature. I ride fixie off road, and bunny hop 2-3" logs going at a reasonable pace (10-12mph) on twisty singletrack. Sometimes, that same log will cause me to wreck. A quarter of a pedal stroke difference can make me a)not get high enough or b)strike the pedal on the log.

The essence of bunny hopping the fixie is much the same as riding the fixie. As long as you still focus on the fact that you have to keep pedalling, it seem awkward. Once you can ride(bunnyhop) withough thinking about the fixie, your problems go away. Just remember, you'll never be able to bunnyhop as consistantly on the fixie as the coastie. Don't worry, just keep riding.

Frank
Attend Cirque du Solei ...Humma Hah
Feb 11, 2003 6:25 AM
... in Orlando. The show features a number of bicycles, including what appears to be a gorgeous Schwinn Black Phantom that doesn't do much but decorate the stage, plus a BMX freewheel stunt bike and a larger fixed-gear bike I'd have to categorize as a trials bike. Both put on stunning shows. The fixie rider can bunny-hop up large steps.
Never successfully! I need 36 spokes to make the wheels durable enough...Tig
Feb 11, 2003 11:30 AM
...to hit bumps and pot holes. I can slightly unweight the wheels to help prevent the big bang. Like others, I only end up nearly crashing when I've attempted to bunny hop. Never a problem with a freewheel bike though.