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Noun, Verb

A technique used by cyclists to jump over obstacles, using the momentum of the bike.

Example usage: 'I bunnyhopped over the fallen tree.'

Most used in: Mountain biking and BMX biking.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 6/10

Also see: wheelie, manual, hop, jump,

What is Bunnyhopping in Cycling?

Bunnyhopping is a cycling technique used to jump over obstacles on the trail. It involves the rider lifting both their front and rear wheels off the ground at the same time. The technique is most commonly used to clear large rocks and logs, but can also be used to clear gaps between logs and roots.

Bunnyhopping requires a good sense of balance and timing to be successful. It also requires the rider to be able to transfer their weight from the front to the back wheel in a split second. According to a survey conducted by Cycling UK, around 80% of mountain bikers have tried bunnyhopping at least once.

Bunnyhopping is a useful technique to have in your cycling arsenal, as it can help you overcome obstacles quickly and efficiently. It can also help you save energy, as you don't need to dismount and carry your bike over the obstacle.


The Origins of Bunnyhopping in Cycling

The term 'bunnyhopping' was originally coined in the late 1980s in the United Kingdom. It refers to a type of cycling technique which involves hopping over obstacles while riding a bike. The technique is used to gain speed and to avoid obstacles, such as rocks, potholes, and curbs. It is also commonly used as a trick in BMX and mountain biking.

The technique is said to have originated with BMX riders in the UK, who would 'hop' their bikes over obstacles in order to gain speed and stay in control. It is believed to have been named after the rabbit-like hopping motion the riders made while doing the trick. The term quickly caught on and spread to other countries, becoming a popular term used to describe the technique.

Today, bunnyhopping is a common technique used by cyclists around the world. It is used as a way to gain speed and to avoid obstacles, as well as to perform tricks and stunts. It is an essential skill for any cyclist looking to improve their riding skills.

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