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can you hop in drops? need pointers(8 posts)

can you hop in drops? need pointerscyclopathic
Sep 16, 2003 7:02 AM
on daily commute I have a few spots I have to ride over curb and though I can hop over in drops, it feels natural and safe to switch to hoods. Do you feel comfortable hopping in drops?
re: can you hop in drops? need pointersKSC
Sep 16, 2003 7:53 AM
Sure, in some ways it feels better in the drops because you can get a good strong grip on the bars. However, I know what you're saying, I think it has to do w/ body position and weight distribution - your spring works better in a more upright position w/ more space between your body and bike. Do you bunny hop correctly or by pulling up w/ your feet? I'd practice hopping unclipped or on platform pedals. If you've done it enough, you can get comfortable hopping w/ your hands on your fork:)
re: pulling up w/ feetcyclopathic
Sep 16, 2003 8:30 AM
and I won't claim that those panniers have anything to do with it. ;)
No, I need to practice with platforms, thx for tip
need pointers - yes pleaseIngeman
Sep 16, 2003 9:15 AM
Please give pointers on the art of bunny hopping.
I always assumed it was pull up with the arms, and tuck up your legs which are attached to the pedals?

thanks
need pointers - yes pleaseKSC
Sep 16, 2003 9:25 AM
Just the other day someone posted a really good explanation:

JFR "Proper landing technique" 9/9/03 1:24pm

If I didn't do that link right, just search on this forum for bunny hop.

When I was learning I was convinced I couldn't do it because I was learning on a really heavy clunker mountain bike until I saw a guy hopping on tables and benches with an old heavy Trek; then I ran out of excuses. If you're doing it correctly, you have a lot more control of your bike in the air and on the landing.
Thanks! But, Kristin didn't like it...JFR
Sep 16, 2003 11:45 AM
She totally ignored my reply :(

Maybe it was the picture... not necessary; too much. I know. Oh well.
Ah, but the picture was icing on the cake - her loss (nm)KSC
Sep 16, 2003 12:05 PM
I prefer the dropsbimini
Sep 16, 2003 10:58 AM
I always get down in the drops for hops, don't know why for sure but this is where I feel most stable and comfortable.

I don't really think about what I am doing, it is just a natural flow. It is kind of like jumping on foot. I crouch down a little before the jump, wait for the right timing and then push down and then immediately spring up with my hands and feet. Just like jumping while running (only the hands and arms are used also). I like to be accelerating a little just before the hop, it seems easier to keep the front end up and speed is you friend when hopping. Less chance of fallin short and catching a wheel.

Pot holes, RR tracks, bridge gaps are not a problem. I can even jump down a flight of 3 steps on my daily route comfortably (if I have my beater wheels on).