Q: Hey, What’s up BMXperts? I have a question, how do you do a bunnyhop barspin? I did it a few times but the bars would keep on spinning and I would get a nasty skin scrape on the asphalt ouch!
A: The trick is in the hands, first to convince them to let go, then second, training them to time the catch. Really good barspinners don’t even need to watch the bars, they just know where they are going to be because the timing never changes. When your throwing hand reaches a certain point, your catching hand should be sliding into its place. When you hop, you want to throw the bars as your bike reaches the peak of the air, not on the way up or the bike will float away. So when the bike stalls at peak air, begin your throw. Most riders these days don’t pinch so they hold onto the bars longer, making the timing even easier. As your throwing hand passes the seat, your catching hand should slide into place to grab the other grip as soon as possible. Always focus on getting your hands on the bars first, then you can take your foot or feet off if you feel off balance. Learn that trick and you will not only pull more barspins, you will also get out of more botched barspins with your hands on the bars and your bike under control, building confidence and speeding your learning curve.