Day: May 3, 2019

BMX Riding Skills – The Guide to Flatland Tricks

I bought this book a while back to have something to aid me learning and re-learning tricks. The book is focused on Flatland BMX but a lot of it works for street/freestyle BMX as well as for my Trials/Dirt and MTB bikes. Due to the issues with my BMX bike and the low handlebar, thois book has been collecting dust in the bookshelf.

Now when i have my BMX bike set up properly and all the other things that has happened i am going to take a serious look into this book.

I will focus on my BMX bike while going through this book but there are a lot of tricks for my dirt bike and my trail MTB so i will try to have regular sessions with those bikes with the book as a guide. Especially with my dirt bike. In the beginning i wont do as much with my regular trail MTB. Think I need some time with my BMX and my dirt bike before i start messing around to much on my trail bike. Getting comfortable with those bikes first.

Anyway.

The book is split into five main sections, where the last three are the interesting ones. The entire book is interesting but sections three, four and five are the ones with the tricks. The first two are introductions, bike facts, a bit history and such.

Section three is the beginner tricks section with tricks such as Endo, Back Hops, Bunnyhops, Barspins (ground), Front Hops, Wheelie, Peg Wheelie and more.

Section four is the intermediate tricks section with trick such as 180 Bunnyhop, Decade, Infinity Roll, Steamroller, Megaspin, and more.

Section five is the advanced tricks section with tricks such as Manual Roll, 360 Bunny Hop, Bunnyhop Barspin, Hang Five, and more.

I wont follow the book in order, at least not on some of the tricks. The most important tricks for me to get in order this summer is bunnyhops, manuals, back hops, and a few others and they are in different sections. Manuals have for some reason been placed in the advanced section.

Time will tell how many tricks i will be able to do in a decent way before the summer is over. I am aiming high and hopefully i will be good enough on several of the tricks later this summer. I have a lot of time to use for this and hopefully i can be focused enough on most of those sessions.


New handlebars

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One of the biggest reasons for not riding my BMX bike is because of the low/small handlebars that came with the bike. I have not been able to upgrade until now for different reasons, but now i had a chance to do so, and i took it. Such a difference and it feels really great. So far i have only mounted the new handlebar and gave it a quick test yesterday. Planning to take a ride with my BMX today and see how it all feels.

Hopefully i will have an even better feeling after a proper test than i had with the quick test yesterday. But i do know that things can only get better. And it feels nice to finally have my BMX in a state that works for me. Need that bike for my riding and for my progression as a rider both regarding BMX and Mountain Biking. I might be wrong but i have always believed that my BMX is the key to get my bunny hop skills back, and to have other skills such as manuals, grinds, jumps improved and to learn new things.

This summer should give me the answer if i was correct or not.

Bought some new grips too. Didn’t know much about them before they arrived. They looked interesting and had the right color. I like them a lot now that they have been put on my new handlebar. Smooth but grippy at the same time. Might be the best grips i have bought so far. Time will tell though.