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Bunny Hop The Barriers! How To Clear Cyclo-Cross Barriers With Speed And Style

Bunny Hop The Barriers! How To Clear Cyclo-Cross Barriers With Speed And Style

– If you’ve watched any cyclocross race over the last five years, then you’ve noticed that
bunny hoping has become a prerequisite for the
riders that are racing. And you may be thinking,
yeah that’s great, but how the heck am I
every going to bunny hop. Well today’s video, is going
to get you in the game. (upbeat music) So the first thing that I
teach at my cyclocross camps when I’m telling people how to bunny hop, is to pull their front wheel up. Get their weight back, and just pull the front wheel up. Simply just being able to get in the zone, and get that front wheel off the ground just a little bit, is the first step in being able to bunny hop. So with the front wheel
still on the ground, the next thing that I tell everyone to do, is to get their rear wheel off the ground. And that looks like this. Just pulling up, on their wheel, getting it off the ground. So eventually, you can combine the front and the rear wheel. The next thing that you
want to be able to do after a lot of practice
on those first two bits, is be able to do the front as one, and then the rear as one. And then all of this comes back to timing. You want to make sure that when you’re going over an obstacle for the first time, that you get the timing right. And I’m going to show
you how to do that now. So for the next step, there isn’t a lot of investment on your part. I went down to my local hardware store. I got four pieces of rebar steel. I got my hammer that
I’ve had for a long time, and I walked into the woods and I pulled out two small logs. I’m going to take the rebar,
and I’m going to put it in the ground, in front
of each of these logs, to hold them in place
so that when I practice going over the barriers, with that technique
that I just taught you, the log doesn’t roll all over my yard. So once you get your logs set up, you do your timing, you
get the front wheel over, then the rear wheel over, you’re not slamming the rear wheel… The nice thing about logs
is that they’re round and you won’t dent the rim. I really really like that. That’s why I prefer to
use logs, if possible, and they’re really generally easy to find. So I always say, start really
low and work your way up. Next up, is a traditional
two by four barrier. Whether you’re using a two by four as your first plank that you jump after you get through the logs, or you get to this two
by eight, or two by 10, or two by 12, all the way up to 16 inches, which is the UCI’s height
for a race barrier, what is the difference
between this and a log? It’s big. This is much sharper on the edges. And you’re ability to pinch flat, or to smash your rim, is very, very high. So I recommend thorn proof tubes. Yes, thorn proof tubes. You’ve probably never ridden with them because the ride quality
is absolutely horrendous. This tube has never flatted, I’ve had it since the 10th grade. I’m actually not joking. My mom gave me these so that I’d be safe out on the roads, not flatting
and having to switch flats. These tubes are very, very thick. But they’re great for going in your tires to be able to jump barriers. Because they literally won’t flat, and you won’t smash your rim, and you can keep practicing,
and practicing, and practicing. I also recommend not using a
brand new pair of light weight carbon tubular wheels on your first foray into jumping barriers. So if you’re able to set up a barrier like I have here in front of me, this is pretty traditional. This doesn’t take a ton of carpentry work, although you should
have someone that knows they’re doing to make
the process a lot easier. This is a traditional two by eight that you can buy at any hardware store. Then we’ve got another two
by four and another one, which gets us up to 16 inches, which is the UCI’s height for barriers. And as you can see, these
just slide right in. So you can add and take them away, based on the group that you have, that’s out there training. So lastly… Again, make sure that you go slow. Every time I see someone
going to the barriers, after just a little bit of
practice going really fast, it has never ended well. Straight into the ground,
and it’s not pretty, for anybody. So, recapping. You need to make sure that
you’ve got good tires, no new, brand new carbon rims, you want to have thick
tubes so that it prevents those pinches and those dents, all that stuff makes a big difference. And you want to practice,
practice, practice. Because if you get into a race situation, being able to implement this technique, will save you a ton of
time and let’s be honest, a ton of style points are going your way if you can execute this in
a race from your friends. So, whether you’re a road
racer or a cyclocrosser, learning how to bunny hop
is a super important skill. On the road, road furniture out in the middle of nowhere, you sometimes need to pull up on the bars, and get over it. It’s really good. And cross… well, everything I just said. I hope you liked this video, if you did, please give it a thumbs up. Leave a comment below. If you want to check out
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93 comments on “Bunny Hop The Barriers! How To Clear Cyclo-Cross Barriers With Speed And Style

  1. Whats the deal with your wheels kinda hitting the barrier when you hop them, Is that something you should aim to do? Also do you go front wheel then back wheel over or bunny hop with both at the same time.

  2. After 3 months of practising bunny-hops & other tricks, I've finally cracked it!
    I now feel much more confident on or offroad while cycling as now I have the skills to avoid the dodgy cracks, big potholes in the road & those bricks you get along gravel tracks 😉

    Normally I am Bikepacking with a loaded bike so does take some getting used to when avoiding road dangers at high speed, luckily my bike bags are very strong & cope with bunny-hops & curb jumps very well.

    I've thought about doing some how-to videos of my own but I think I'll stick with watching you guys & recording only my adventures. much safer that way haha.

    all the best guys & thanks for another awesome video that inspires people all over the world.

    Peace, ride safe 🙂

  3. If you're a roady and trying to be a mountain biker…. You need all the help you can get 😂
    For those who can't bunny hop go watch trials riding videos…
    1. Pull up on the bars and transfer your weight backwards. Practice this. Get used to pulling up the front wheel and higher.
    2. Do the reverse. With your feet lift the back wheel up by transferring your weight forwards. Practice this and lift the rear wheel higher.
    3. In a fluid motion, lift the front pulling up, transfer weight rearwards then lift the rear by transferring your weight and energy forwards and lifting up the rear wheel as you did in step 2.
    4. Practice practice practice wear a helmet, comfortable loose t-shirt and shorts. Give your road bike to a poor Melbourneite with facial hair so he can single speed it.
    Go and buy yourself a real bike and shread.

  4. Good video. Not much detail on the full technique though. There is way more to bunny hoping than just pulling up the front wheel then the back wheel. There is weight shift, pushing into the ground and body position. Learning about the full technique will put you in a lot better shape to learn the right way. Practice, practice, practice! 😁

  5. I can see people falling off their bikes and impaling themselves on reinforcement bar! Maybe not the best idea for people to try at home.

  6. 1) Why not tell your (unexperienced) audience up front that you have lowered your seat from normal position in order to do what you're teaching?
    2) This is still definitely not bunny hops.

  7. Does anyone here knows why there isn't a Global Cyclo-cross network?…………..

    …….because Global Cyclo-cross network is GCN too.
    Hope this joke made your day even though is lame. 😉

  8. I use PVC piping of different diameters cut in half in place of the log. Doesn’t fall apart, doesn’t roll, and can be combined into different arrangements (which makes it work well for practicing logovers on the MTB as well).

  9. Question: in last cc world Championship i saw not a single lady doing the bunny hop on obstacles, the men doing it in their race all the time. So is this more a question of power, as even the pro ladies obviously are not able to bunny hop?

  10. Hey host in fancy suit. Please show how to do that on old 15 kilos MTB with platform pedals. Because anyone can jump with spd on such light bike.

  11. Good tips. Now how about a video about remounting the bike after a running section. Technique is key to avoid having a high-pitched voice.😳

  12. The stack of dimensional lumber used in the video add up to 14.25" not 16". 1 (2×8) @ 7.25" + 2 (2 x 4) @ 3.5" = 14.25". If 16'" is the true goal, you're gonna have to add more lumber…

  13. Before you hammer 3 feet of rebar into the ground anywhere near your house consider where the gas lines, water lines, drains and septic field are located.

  14. Yhea if you really want to learn to bunny hop check out their sister channel GMBN they've got a couple of videos that'll really take you through it from the basics upward. Yes you'll need to slightly adapt the technique due to the shape of the bikes but not much.

  15. My big take away was start small and work your way up. Practice pulling your front tire up, then your back tire and then both before any barrier at all. Then a small barrier until you are good. Then slowly increase the barrier height. For me the take away is this is a learned skill. Start small and work your way up.

  16. 2 2×4 and 1 2×8 are not 16" because neither a 2×4 is 4" high nor a 2×8 is 8" high.

  17. some riders do this so smoothly that it looks like the bike just effortlessly and naturally rolled over even large barriers.i think it's reasonable to hate those riders.

  18. 2×4 is 3.5-inch width, and 2×8 is 7.25-inch width; total height is 14.25, not 16 inches!

  19. Doing this while fresh isn't too hard, but how do you manage it after 30mins of being in the pain cave, bouncing over your FTP and gasping for breath? Too tired and weak at that point.

  20. FYI a 2×8 and two 2×4 will only give you 14 1/4 in. total height. Anyone building one of these to should use a 2×10 instead of the 2×8 when you get good at it, that will give you 16 1/4 total height. Good video on how to learn it.

  21. Landing on a piece of rebar with force can impale you hence why its mandatory they are covered on construction sites(Canada). I would suggest plastic tent spikes that have a flatter top and are more likely to flex or move further into the ground. Also they are usually available at the dollar store for a fraction of the price.

  22. Nice! And I've bunny hopped on both my mountain bike AND my road bike. Nothing like clearing some railroad tracks at speed by using a little hop. 🙂

  23. Enjoyed this video, it looked like fun to make and short snippets of information are much easier to digest. Love to bunny hop on any bike but have never really mastered it as I would like on a drop bar bike. The technique from BMX & MTB doesn't transfer for me?

  24. tip; NEVER bunny hop naked, even on your birthday !

    next challenge; bunny hop a TT bike whilst on the skis ! now that would be something!! in a skinsuit and aero helmet too !

  25. FYI: A 2 x 4 is actually 1.5 x 3.5 inches and a 2 x 8 is 1.5 x 7.25 inches and thus your 16 inch jump is really "only" 14.25 inches.

  26. Never could understand the reason of drop bars in Cyclocross. Much more effective is to use flat bars. For gavel drop bars make sense, not for Cyclocross.

  27. So . . . This basically works for practice. However, boards are typically cut when the wood is still wet. When the boards dry out, they tend to compress a bit. As such, the 2×4 is often only 1.75×3.5. That means stacking two 2x4s on top of a 2×8 will likely only get you 14-15 inches of height.
    I'll let someone else do the metric conversions for those that don't use the English system. (take the English for example)
    Also, don't believe everything you read on the internet, this is an easy one you can test for yourself if you have a 2×4 or 2×8 around and can find a tape measure or ruler.

  28. What is the fun of road biking? I'm not trying to sound rude I actually want to know what it's like. I'm now in love with mountain biking and I want to know what road cycling is like.

  29. It's basic stuff I learned 25+ years ago when I was starting out riding riding rigid fork MTB's, I still do this technique to this day even as a (ahem) middle aged rider. It's only in the last 4 years that I've been riding drop bar bikes as well and use this all the time, as I ride a CX and a gravel bike on natural trails,
    Just keep unweighted on both sides of the bike etc. This bloke nails it as always and great for GCN……
    Get more off-road drop bar stuff on the channel or even dedicate (yet) another channel for us mud pluggers……
    If you learn to do it on flat MTB pedals then spd's are a doddle (in my view)…..????

  30. Anyone else notice how TINY those black/grey gcn cycling caps are? Mine fits as if it were tailored for my head but wont fit my gf. Her hair is too bulky.

  31. Good video, except 2×8 + 2×4 + 2×4 != 16 inches. It is 14.25 inches. (American 2×4 measure out to 1.5×3.5 and 2×8 measure out to 1.5×7.25). Is this pedantic? Clearly, however your perform how you train, and if your training barriers are over 10% undersized you will develop muscle memory that is off by a similar amount.

  32. Not sure about other countries but 2×4 in Canada are neither 2 nor 4 inches ( still remember scratching my head when I've learned this the hard way). In other words, 4 of them won't give you the 16 inch height.

  33. this guy's instruction on how to raise your rear wheel off the ground:
    raise your rear wheel off the ground.
    expert advice

  34. Style points = yes. Speed gains in a race = not quite convinced. It seems when i watch 'cross races in person and there's a bunch coming into the barriers; some riders hop, some jump off and run — but the hoppers don't really seem to gain much distance/time. Especially if the runners are super skilled at maintaining momentum (hopping off and back on fluidly)

  35. Oh Also: Question: is the desired technique to touch each wheel on the top of the barrier; or to not touch the barrier?

  36. This is not really a bunny hop sorry
    Look at street trial channels to see the difference.
    This is just “ride on obstacles”

  37. My bunny hop is not balanced. I can't get the front wheel as high as the rear wheel. My saddle to handlebar drop is quite big. Any ideas?

  38. I am going to be critical, you only showed us bad habits: pulling up on the bars and up on the pedals. GMBN would disapprove.

  39. You clearly don't know how to bunny hop (show this technique to any Mountainbiker and they will tell you it's absolutely wrong).
    I know how to do what you showed, and no, it's not a bunny hop. Also, you don't PULL on the front and especially not on the back wheels! You're not supposed to rely on your clipped pedals!
    For a real bunny hop, watch a tutorial from an MTB channel.

  40. Advice on how to judge whether you can or should bunny hop an obstacle like a small log on a 'cross or gravel bike out in the woods? I think I tend to try and bunny hop when I could just roll over some things, and I also worry about how good a surface I need to land cleanly.

  41. Not sure I'd want to be hammering rebar into the ground for barriers practice… I can imagine so many ways that could go wrong if someone were to crash. Yikes.

  42. People watch a tutorial on youtube, because they dont have anyone better to teach them. Maybe they are only able to try this alone with noone watching and spotting any mistakes. So it would really help to explain what they should be going for. This video unfortunately fails to explain anything.

  43. Carpentry for beginners…useless Pish. Why do Americans like the sound of thieri own voice more than teaching…!
    This is just Click bait for Hardware Stores.

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