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Going airborne should be second-nature before you start learning to spin.
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Doing a 360 on a bike is a difficult and impressive trick to learn. This type of stunt isn't for amateur riders; a 360 requires exceptional balance, control and experience. If you want to perform a 360, you'll need the confidence to follow through, since completing less than a full rotation could leave you crashing down hard. Finding a jump that you're completely comfortable on before you attempt to do a 360 is a key step in the learning process. After you're in your element on the jump, you can practice the technique and land your 360 like a professional.1.
Find a jump or drop-off that you're familiar with. Before even attempting a 360, you'll want to do the same mild jump or drop over and over until you're completely comfortable in it. Finding a ledge that drops into grass is ideal, since a crash won't hurt as much on a softer surface. Practice the drop at a relatively low speed, since you'll lose speed in the air while rotating.
Roll up at a comfortable speed. You don't want to go too fast and risk a serious injury, but get enough speed that you can lift the bike off the ground after the jump or ledge and clear it when you land. Practice one speed several times before you begin going for the rotation.3.
Get ready to hop off the back wheel. Stand up in the pedals and push down through the bike with your legs and arms, bending at the knees. As you press down, begin turning the front wheel slightly in the direction you're most comfortable with so you can pop up into a spin. Your front wheel will leave the ground first, followed by your back wheel.4.
Turn your body in the direction of your spin. As the back wheel leaves the ground, you'll be rotating your hips and shoulders in the direction of your spin, pointing your head around like you're looking over your shoulder. The rotation of your body is what pulls the bike around for a 360, so use a firm turning motion with your pop.5.
Level the bike out in mid-air. You should be halfway through your rotation. As you tuck up the back end, bring your head around so you can see where you'll be landing.6.
Find your landing and straighten the bike out. When you spot where you want to land the bike, bring the back tire down slightly ahead of the front tire and absorb the impact of the jump by bending at the knees as the bike contacts the ground.
- 2 to 4 ft. jump or drop-off
- BMX or trials bike
- Helmet and shin guards
- Your line of vision is very important for completing the 360. Try and straighten your line of sight as soon as you tuck up your back wheel when you level out, and focus on one spot on the ground as you bring the bike down. Don't just hope to land the trick; find your landing spot and follow through with confidence.
- Proper safety gear is key for learning a trick like the 360, because a crash or two is almost guaranteed. If you're uncomfortable falling on your BMX or Trials bike, practice bailing out a few times without attempting a spin. Once you're confident in falling down, you'll be able to push yourself to complete the 360.