GETTING OVER AN OBSTACLE AND THE BUNNY HOP TECHNIQUE

We come across many obstacles while riding a mountain bike. These might be roots, stones, holes in the ground, and others. Every obstacle requires our full attention and quick reaction.

LIFTING THE FRONT WHEEL

Pulling on the handlebars with only our hands is not enough. It is more effective to use all your body weight. If we want to lift the front wheel, we should add pedal force as well.

LIFTING THE REAR WHEEL

The second the front wheel touches the ground, we should also lift the rear wheel by pulling up the pedals. While doing this, it is important to keep our arms firm and avoid using the front brake.

BUNNY HOP

To do a bunny hop, we need to lift the front and rear wheels. Try using a bike bottle to jump over and practise lifting the front and rear wheels. In this case, perfection comes with practice.

When riding through an area with more or less regularly placed obstacles, the approach speed is crucial. We need to get over the first obstacle which, if well executed, will direct us towards the next one without losing any speed. This is why the timing of lifting the front and rear wheels is so crucial. After that, we just focus on repeating the same process and maintaining momentum.

 

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