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It’s not just for tricks and looking cool, a bunny hop will help you clear logs and trail obstacles, and it can save your bacon when you’re out on the road. Think about it—curbs, potholes, railroad tracks—the bunny hop is a veritable parachute out of danger. And did we mention it looks cool? It’s time to channel your inner Thumper and up your hop game.
There are two types of bunny hops in the world today—the English and the American. The English version is pretty straightforward, with both wheels lifted off the ground at the same time. Straight up, straight down. The American bunny hop (also called the J-Hop) involves the front wheel launching first with the rear wheel following, up and over an obstacle. What follows is a breakdown of how to do an American Bunny hop, which should get you hopping, regardless of if you’re learning on a mountain bike or a road bike. Ready? Let’s get hopping.
Once you’ve learned a bunny hop and it all just clicks, you’ll find yourself hopping everything. It’s the kind of skill that you can’t help but show off—that’s why we made it one of the Worth It Will Do skills for 2018. If you’ve mastered the art of hopping over stuff, you’ve earned the Hopping Mad for Bunny Hops badge. We’d love to see your hop—film it, add it to your Instagram story with the bunny hop Instagram sticker (search Worth It under GIFs in Instagram Stories and it should pop up) and tag @iamspecialized_wmn and #whatsworthit to show us your mad hops!
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