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How To Nollie On A BMX!

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Do you want to learn how to nollie on a BMX?

While chilling at the park, I bet many of you have seen skateboarders execute that sweet move called a nollie.

It makes you think, “Can I replicate that on my BMX?.” It definitely made me!

Well, guess what?

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We’re diving deep into the fusion of skateboarding tricks and BMX brilliance.

While nollie may have its roots firmly in skateboarding, the BMX community, known for its creativity and adaptability, has found ways to bring a similar flair to the two-wheeled world.

And this guide is tailored to anyone who wants to learn the “nose ollie.”

Why Learn Nollies

While the nollie as a distinct trick isn’t as traditional in BMX culture as it is in skateboarding, there’s VALUE in exploring and understanding its mechanics.

But it’s getting increasingly common among street shredders, including myself.

Here’s why a BMX rider might consider learning a nollie:

1. Skill Development

Learning any new trick or technique improves your overall skill set.

Mastering front-end tricks can enhance balance, weight distribution understanding, and bike control.

2. Versatility

Adding diverse moves to your repertoire means you can tackle various terrains and obstacles in new ways.

This could open up new lines in a park or streets.

3. Creativity

BMX is as much about personal expression as it is about skill. Incorporating unusual or less common moves can make a rider’s style stand out.

4. Foundation For Advanced Tricks

Mastering weight shift towards the front of the bike can lay the foundation for more advanced tricks.

For instance, you can do a nollie 180, nollie 360 or the widely popular nollie barspin.

Note: Nollie barpin is the foundation for learning nose manual barspins.

5. Challenge

Trying out new moves can rekindle the challenge and excitement of mastering new tricks.

What’s cool about nollies is that you can go straight to learning it. In other words, you don’t really need to learn any other tricks prior.

6. Cross-Disciplinary Inspiration

Drawing inspiration from other extreme sports, like skateboarding, can keep BMX riding fresh and exciting.

It also fosters a sense of community and mutual respect between different action sports.

Hey, I watch a lot of skateboarding videos myself and gain plenty of inspiration from them.

How To Nollie On A BMX (Step-By-Step Guide)

While performing a nollie on a BMX isn’t as common as it is in skateboarding, I still recommend you learn it – especially as a street rider.

You’ll thank yourself later.

Step 1. Gear Up

Before attempting any BMX trick, ensure you’re wearing protective gear to minimize the risk of injuries.

What’s good about a nollie is that it isn’t that risky when you do it on flat, hip or out of a bank.

But don’t have this as an excuse for not wearing protection.

Step 2. Choose A Suitable Environment

Start on a flat, open surface free of traffic or obstacles. An empty parking lot or a skatepark will do the trick.

If you’ll be learning it on flat, find a line or even a crack in the ground and try to nollie over it.

But you can also use a pyramid, a hip or a bank to learn nollies.

Step 3. Get Comfortable With Your BMX

Ride around to warm up. Get a feel for your bike’s weight distribution and how it responds to your movements.

You can even do a few bunny hops to get the body juices flowing if you know how to do them.

Step 4. Understand The Nollie Concept

understand the nollie concept
In skateboarding, a nollie involves pushing down on the nose (front) of the board to lift the back.

On a BMX, it means pushing down on the handlebars while pulling your legs to your body to lift the rear wheel.

Like with bunny hop, you’ll also want to position your feet to “scoop” the pedal upwards.

Picture it as the opposite of a bunnyhop:

  • When you do a bunny hop, you pull your handlebar with your hands and then hop by bringing your legs to your body.
  • When you do a nollie, you pull your rear end with your hand and then hop by bringing.pulling your hands to your body.

Does this make sense?

Step 5. Find The Balance Point

lift your rear wheel and prepare to pull a nollie
Practice leaning forward and finding the point where your rear wheel starts to lift.

This doesn’t mean hopping with the front wheel yet – just get a feel for shifting your weight.

Step 6. Begin With Small Movements

pull your hands to your body to lift your front wheel
When you get the gist of pulling/lifting your rear end, try performing small hops with your front wheel by pulling your bars to your body.

Don’t worry how high you hop.

land nollie smoothly

Step 7. Increase Height Gradually

As you become more comfortable, pull harder on the handlebars, which will help you nollie higher.

Note: Unfortunately, you cannot nollie as high as you can bunny hop.

Step 8. Practice, Practice, Practice

Mastering the nollie will take time and consistent effort like all BMX tricks. Dedicate specific practice sessions to it.

But if you get discouraged pulling a nollie on flat, do it over a hip or out of a bank – it’s much easier!

Step 9. Seek Feedback

If possible, record videos of yourself or ask your riding buddies to watch and provide feedback.

This can help pinpoint areas for improvement.

I film myself all the time, which helps me optimize and refine (to progress faster).

Conclusion: Master Nollies!

And there you have it, my BMX dudes! You just learned how to do a nollie.

While it’s a crossover from the skateboarding world, it just shows how interconnected and innovative the world of extreme sports can be.

Always remember, it’s not just about mastering new tricks, but the journey, the spills, the laughter, and the sheer thrill of it all.

So, gear up, practice safely, and maybe, just maybe, the next time someone mentions a nollie, you’ll be thinking of your BMX instead of a skateboard.

Keep riding, keep exploring, and most importantly, keep having fun!

Yo! 🤘

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Rok has been riding BMX for 20+ years, and when he's not having a session, he binges on videos, new product drops and works on creating the best content (sharing tips, tricks & more to make riding bikes easier for you) for The BMX Dude.