BMX – how to air out of a bowl/quarter/half???
Soooooooo, I have a super duper indoor skatepark at the bottom of my road. For Christmas I brought myself a BMX. I’ve spent lots of time down there with my 8yo son just rolling and pumping around & I love it. I am pretty ok with my wheels on the floor, but any airtime experienced is totally out of my comfort zone. MTB wise I’d never session a jump spot & the only time I’d air is if there was a drop off in the flow of the trail, probably maxing out at 2′.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve been practicing carving the bowls etc and turning the bike in the air at the top of the narrowed carve to get me pointing down in a tighter arc. From what I’ve seen, there appears to be two methods: 1) carving the bowl and popping out for air at the top & 2) the shoot vertically up, 180′ in the air and shoot straight back down. I’m guessing I need to work on No. 1?
So far I’m focussing on tight carve turns at the bowl lip, looking at where my front wheel needs to land (on the transition I guess), and having my handlebars pointing in the right direction.
Should I be doing anything else???? Any gems of advice appreciated.
Oh – one other thing – HOW MUCH FUN IS IT JUST PUMPING YOUR WAY ROUND A BOWL TRYING TO WALL RIDE!!!!! Not a pedal turned and totally breathless!
I’m not in any rush to do this and I’m not too fussed if I never do, but… there is an urge for some airtime in the bowls!
PS: at 42 I don’t bounce well.thisisnotaspoonMember
Vert = the lip of the quater is actualy vertical, so in theory all you have to do is keep riding as you would if there was something under the wheels and the bike will meet the ground perfectly on the way down. If it’s not quite vertical then you’d need to pump more at the top to push yourself back into the quater/bowl.
That’s the theory, I can’t do it enither!Posted 4 years agoPimpmaster JazzMember
Getting air is the easy bit.
Landing is where it gets trickier. 🙂
But on a serious note, when I used to ride BMX I built up to airing out of quarters and minis by getting used to carving and then airing 180s below the coping. Once you’re confident doing that it’s just a case of gently increasing the speed and taking off a little higher.Posted 4 years agoStevet1Member
Essentially its a similar action to a bunnyhop, roll your front wheel then back wheel off the coping and pull up/back on the bars / pedals. Pump the transition for more height/speed. The steeper the bowl/quarter the less you need to pull back and vice-versa. Try and avoid hanging up your front wheel or its a trip to the dentist. very mellow quarters are harder to air, so go for something steeper to learn on, although Vert is easiest it also has the highest penalty for mistakes so somewhere in-between is ideal.Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
On a big quarter pipe with a decent vert section I could pump/hop off the surface of the ramp turn 180 and land ok, no way could I ever get the bottle to jump out of a quarter/half pipe tho. too worried about hooking up.
My mate used to practice by riding up so the rear wheel was just below the coping and almost pivoting on that, then after a few goes progressing to the full jump out.
long time ago (during the mid-late 90s bmx “revival”) now tho, can’t see myself having another go.Posted 4 years ago
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