At the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival grand opening last June, I asked Hans “No way” Rey how he was able to leap his bike vertically from a dead stop to the top of a picnic table. He pointed to his calf muscles, explaining that he lifts the rear wheel off the ground with his rear foot pushing back and up against the rear pedal. I didn’t own a mountain bike at the time so this concept didn’t make sense to me.
After just a few minutes of practice today, I was able to use this motion with either foot to clear a curb with my rear wheel. No bunny hop (or is it one word, bunnyhop?) yet, but I’m confident I’ll get it. I’m young yet.
I’m getting better at the skinnies at Leb. Instinctively leaning the bike instead of turning the handlebars is the key.
Above: Last week was the first time I made the right hand turn on the man-made skinny. I used a front wheel hop at the apex of the turn.
Above: I made this log for the first time about 6 weeks ago. Last week, I almost did it again, ending up a couple feet short.
Above: I got about 3/4 of the way up this log last week. My goal is to get all the way up, do a sharp turn around on the hillside, and then go all the way back down… with no dabs or falling off, of course.
Once that happens, I’ll still have a ways to go. Look at this video for some amazing skinny rides:
I’ve been using it this week to get over larger rocks and logs at speed. And when I say ‘larger,’ I don’t mean large. I mean bigger than the curbs on my street. Go ahead and laugh, but it was pretty cool when I got the hang of doing a manual over the curbs repeatedly. And I can now see a bunny-hop in my future.