Q: Hi BMX Plus!, my name is Tyler Bourgoin and I am 15. I have been biking for four months. My friends call me “Stunts” because I try to do tricks and epically fail. I will try and try again and still not get it. I have a Dyno GT BMX bike and don’t know if they even make the brand anymore. I am not so good at flatland biking and need to learn some more tricks. I can only 180, jayhop, bunnyhop, and wheelie and I was wondering if you could give me some tricks to learn. I want to be good at flatland biking but I’m still clueless. I love reading your mags, your Tech Tips help me alot. Well if you can help I would very much appreciate it.
A: Ahh, lets see, where to start? Yes, they still make GT bikes and they are a great option if you happen to be in the market for a new ride, even though you didn’t ask. As for basic ground tricks, you are on the right path, focusing on the fundamentals. The least frustrating and most effective way to go from here is to expand on what you know. Take a trick you are comfortable with, like the Wheelie and try to learn manuals (rolling on the rear wheel without pedaling). You can always bunnyhop up or over higher things, that never gets old and when you have your 180s and roll backs figured, try spinning a little harder and see if you cant surprise yourself with a 360. Learn your tricks like this and you are well on your way to becoming a well rounded and quicker learning rider. Good luck.