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    New question here. beginners question: to bunny hop or not to bunny hop when jumping

    Hey, I bought a 2nd hand dj bike and had my first try at our local trails yesterday. I spent 2 hours trying to get some air but to no avail! I just roll over the jump, no matter how fast I go. Spoke to some local kids and they advised me to practice bunny hops first, as you would need to bunny hop on the jump in order to get some air.

    Now, when I read the internet I see some people confirming this, but I also read the exact opposite! So what's true?
    I can make some small bunny hops, but they seem to require a lot of energy and I always end up going sideways, probably because I try to use my feet a lot to lift the back.

    I've seen a lot of the basic video's, but they make it seem so easy!

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    Like the old saying goes " How do I get to Carnegie Hall?' Practice!
    Just keep practicing and eventually you'll get it. I try NOT to catch a lot of air due to my weight and wear and tear on my bike.
    Chances are .. You're full of !$@&?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerth View Post
    I try NOT to catch a lot of air due to my weight and wear and tear on my bike.
    I hope that one day I can say the same

    edit: about catching air, not the weight

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    I made some comments in this thread that I think are relevant:
    Pull up or push down bars on transition of lip? - Pinkbike Forum

    It's about knowing how to do a true front-wheel-first bmx style bunnyhop on flat ground before you go to the jumps.
    The two-wheels-at-the-same-time thing is not even considered a bunnyhop by bmx/DJ guys.

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    Without having read your link yet (but thanks for that, will read it later), only a two-wheel-at-the-same-time bunnyhop is indeed what I manage to do now.

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    Aha, your posts were very informative, I think I instinctively put my weight forward over the bars instead of leaning back, thus putting my front wheel down and rolling over the jump instead of going up. I'm gonna try and focus on that part the next time!

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