Learning tricks on the backyard airbag


last week Eric and I designed and built
a large wooden lip in my backyard. It backs up to a row of bushes behind the
garage to keep it stealth when it’s not in use. To make it operational we simply
inflate a wedge-shaped bouncy castle on the other side of the bushes to use as a
landing. Flying out of the trees and seeing an airbag lander appear beneath
you is quite the experience, but now that the work is done and we have this
extremely fun thing in our possession, it won’t stop raining. As we found out,
even a little moisture turns this airbag into a slip and slide. Worse yet,
this relatively new trail hasn’t hardened enough to shed water.
Eric: “We’re on mountain bikes so we’ve got that going for us.” We’ll tune it up and improve the drainage at a later date, but for now we
need to get it good enough to ride the airbag today. We’ll lay some fresh dirt
down on key problem areas and use scrap plywood on the approach to keep
ruts from forming. We’ll give this some time to dry out and then have a look at
my new bike. I traded Eric my trials bike for one of his dirt jumpers, and I’m
really happy with my end of the deal. This thing is stiff, lightweight, and
packed with some of the best parts you can get. Since Diamondback doesn’t
currently make a dirt jumper this is a really special bike. Seth: “every time I get on a dirt jumper, I feel like a fish out of water because it doesn’t feel like a BMX, and it doesn’t feel like a trail bike.” A dirt-jump-specific bike like this one
feels totally different than a normal mountain bike, and to some of you that
may sound strange. Back in 2017 I converted a hardtail trail bike into a
single speed, and many of you pointed out that I had basically created a dirt
jumper. It looks like a dirt jumper and you can certainly use it to do a lot of
the things that dirt jumpers are great for, but it’s not a DJ bike. It’s still a
trail bike. A dirt jump frame has totally different geometry than a trail bike.
It’s made to fit smaller 26 inch wheels. It’s also set up for a shorter, stiffer
fork, and a more BMX-like seat post. While these features make dirt jumpers truly terrible for riding technical trails, hitting jumps on this thing is amazing!
So, today on my new dirt jump bike, we’ll find out if you can teach an old dog new
tricks. Eric: “hit it like normal and when you’re starting to peak out just push the
bike out.” Today, Eric is convinced that he can teach me how to do
no-handers. Seth: “Gotta do a better job of tucking the seat between my knees.” To some people, doing air tricks comes naturally. Take Kevin for instance. It took him many tries just to get over the Maim Frame, and believe it
or not but he still hasn’t done the roll-in off the Flight Deck. Seth: “when are you doing this roll-in?” Kevin: “I dunno, man, to be honest with you The bike’s gonna crunch I’m just gonna faceplant” But give him a jump and he’s taking all sorts of hands and feet off his bike.
Meanwhile I’ll happily ride any scary feature and even throw 360s, but taking
my hands off my bike is a non-starter. I won’t do it! To this day I tend to jump
hunched over and hold my bike close to me in the air. Learning to do it another
way would be like learning to jump all over again, and that’s exactly what I’m
doing. Eric: “So the difference between suey no-hander and tuck no-hander is in a suey you pinch the seat with your knees. In a tuck
no-hander you pull the bars in and tuck them in your waist. I’m confident I can teach
you how to do a suey no-handers in your own backyard.” Seth: “now that’s a scarier name than tuck no-hander” Eric: “yeah nobody’s scared of tuckin’ anything” I need to get my weight over the center of the bike instead of the front, and put
some distance between me and the handlebars. Eric: “So once you get up towards the top push the bars out. What that’s doing is putting the seat in between your
knees. So the first time you go off the jump push your bike out and pinch the seat. Then you do one of these…you can do jazz hands if you want. You’ll just start
to feel that, oh everything’s cool.” Once I achieve this neutral body position, I can
push the bike forward so the seat rests between my knees. Seth: “I don’t even feel like I am I’m at where I’m supposed to be with the seat, so I’m gonna keep trying” Eric: “yeah keep working on the pinch. Once you have that, everything else
is like two runs.” So the big hurdle is unlearning my bad habits and committing
this new way of jumping to muscle memory. It’s important that I don’t rush this
because this airbag isn’t necessarily going to save me. Like other training
tools, an airbag can give you a false sense of safety. Even on a dirt lander,
it’s not the ground you need to worry about—it’s your bike! Even in a foam pit
you can get amazingly hurt if your bike lands on top of you. So when jumping on
anything you need to recognize when you’re in trouble, and then get your bike
as far away from you as possible. That aside, the airbag can be a great training
tool. Clearly these wrecks could have been much worse. Once you get into the right position,
no handers can be an incremental trick. Even without an airbag lander, you can
safely learn these in tiny steps. Eric: “he’s gonna get it this time” Seth: “I’ve gotta go back up right away and do it again!” Seth: “I gotta make them look better, I saw it on the camera and I was like bahh!” Eric: “Now you do 100 more and you develop your own style. Everyone thinks stuff comes easy and it
doesn’t.” Seth: “no, it never comes easy. When I was a kid I would learn new tricks all the time. You know, like you’re not stuck in your ways, but I was stuck jumping a
certain way for my entire life. I’m 34 years old… I’ve been jumping for over 20
years, which is stupid to even think. So now I can work on bar spins!” Eric: “yeah bar spins will be easy!” Seth: “should I just go try and throw a bar spin?” Eric: “you shouldn’t try and throw a bar spin, you should throw bar spin.” With my newfound ability to take
hands off my bike I was dead set on learning bar spins before Eric left, but
we were losing light fast. Seth: “oh I would have had it! I would have had it so good!” Each time I hit the jump I had to decide whether I was in the right position to
throw the bars, and with the light fading quickly, I wasn’t feeling so confident. By the time I had made two barspin
attempts, it was getting really dark. Our cameras went into potato mode, and I
finally decided it was a bad idea to keep trying bar spins that day. Seth: “I’m gonna put it down. If we just had like another 15 minutes a day light…” Eric: “we can focus on what you didn’t get, or we can focus on that you put 25 tries into the suey, and you
hate taking your hands off your bars, and you’ve got that!” Seth: “I attemted the bar spin twice, I know I’m gonna get it soon but I want to get it today!” Eric: “you’re growing up, Seth you’re making good adult decisions.” Eric: “that was so sick!”
After finally landing a trick, the work has really just begun. You need to go
back out and do the trick bigger and better. Even if you don’t have a training tool
like an air bag you can still learn tricks like no-handers. You’ll need to
hit the same jump over and over get your body position right, take your fingers
off, and then finally both hands. Do it safely. Do it in tiny increments. At 34
years old I’m happy to report that landing a new trick feels the same as it
did 20 years ago. Unfortunately, not landing it feels decidedly worse than it
did 20 years ago, but I guess that just comes with age. Thanks for riding with me today and I’ll see you next time. Seth: “really late on that one—oh that’s not
good.” Pat: “No no” Seth: “no I’m afraid that’s not good.”

100 thoughts on “Learning tricks on the backyard airbag”

  1. landing your first bar spin feels amazing, then you think hey lets chuck a 360 in there as well ?! looking forward to seeing your progression,
    Grats my dude love the videos

  2. Great to see how someone as talented / competent as our good man Seth has to make progress through the old methods: trial, error and persistence. Good on you fella!

  3. Might sound strange but why dont you rig some of the trails on BERMPEAK with flood lights could benefit from winter nights and keep up the content love it 👌

  4. Seth make a dog house for drama at the corner by the jump it can also double as a place to store the plywood and airbag next to where you use it so you don't have to move it as far. Like so he can see.

  5. Really inspiring to watch. I ride BMX (still, at 45) I haven't thrown a barspin in 15 years and every time I go to the skatepark I think that it might be the day. I've never done a suicide no hander before, maybe that's a good intermediate step.

  6. Make a corkscrew wooden ramp. So it goes up curves right ot left and loops back through under itself 🤙 I guess it would be a loop d loop but not really

  7. Learning suicide no-handers was super fun for me. Advice I would add is that you can easily learn on a jump trail that you are familiar and comfortable with, starting with the seat pinch and progressing each jump and lap.

  8. Hey Seth, I watch your channel with my boys and I've noticed quite a few recent videos are restricted on our safe watching mode. This makes it really difficult. I think the first one that was blocked you mentioned "naked" riding and reviewed machettes (fine by us, but I can see why it was blocked), so I figured it was that that had flagged it.. but the last few like, Backyard Airbag, Building a Hidden jump, Building a wooden bike jump, have all been blocked on the safe mode too.
    I wanted to let you know, because it may well affect your views from other people who have a safe filter for their kids. FYI. Great channel. We love watching and my son just had a mtb birthday with his 11 year old buddies. Great time, expected injuries, so some great stories too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. It's awesome to the progress on your trails. Its makes me want to build trails that fit my riding style. Keep up the good work

  10. make a trail like dirt merchant at whistler and a drop and shark fin make a trail like dirt merchant at whistler and a drop and shark fin make a trail like dirt merchant at whistler and a drop and shark fin make a trail like dirt merchant at whistler and a drop and shark fin make a trail like dirt merchant at whistler and a drop and shark fin make a trail like dirt merchant at whistler and a drop and shark fin make a trail like dirt merchant at whistler and a drop and shark fin make a trail like dirt merchant at whistler and a drop and shark finmake a trail like dirt merchant at whistler and a drop and shark fin

  11. im not watching this video. 3 months ago i was new to skateboarding and decided to give it a try on my friend's old skateboard after watching a bunch of basic tricks vids from Braille.

    I ended up with a 2nd elbow in the middle of my forearm

    Edit: i ended up watching the video and now i want a bike even more

  12. Hey Seth, my dad was wondering out of curiosity how long does it take to inflate the airbag lander. I would love it if you can respond, or if anyone that knows how long it takes. Thank you.

  13. I have an idea to help with the darkness problem. My parents are scared when they go outside in the dark so they bought some solar tree lights. They light up the area very well. The only problem is if the tree forest area gets enough light for them to charge. I’m not so sure on how expensive they are so I am sorry if they are expensive and you may want one or multiple.

  14. Dirt jumpers have totally different geometry yes. Shorter chainstays making lifting the front wheel easier, seat stay is shorter to give you some more space for movement

  15. It's not a dirt jumper… Pause the video and see that both bike have almost the exact same geometry. But yeah Seth stick to your guns

  16. when throwing bar spins youll find that the first time you land it will be when you hit a jump and your mind is just blank…you dont think about anything that goes for doing bar spins flat as well…

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