If you’re just getting into BMX, you may
be looking to visit a skatepark in the near future. In this video, we’ll go over some
of the things you should learn as early on as possible. The first thing you need to know is skatepark
etiquette. Normally, riders will take a path across the park where they hit a few ramps
and then rest for a minute on the other side. This is called a line. When you go out on
the ramps you should know what line you want to take first. Crashes usually happen when
someone is riding in an unpredictable way, or ignoring the lines that other people are
taking. Be considerate, and observe the skatepark before you jump into the mix. After you watch
for a bit, you’ll have a much better idea of what line to take, and who to keep an eye
on. Like that scooter kid who just finished his 4th mountain dew. Next, you’re going to need to learn how
to ride quarter pipes. We’ll assume you’ve already been messing around on your BMX in
the street, so it shouldn’t be too hard for you to ride up and down a mellow quarter
pipe just by turning around. You’ll quickly grow comfortable with the transition and work
your way higher and higher up the quarter. As you move on to bigger quarters, you’ll
want to practice hopping slightly to turn around. While turning around on an embankment
requires a bunnyhop, you don’t need to do this on a quarter. Just pull your bike towards
your body slightly, and you’ll feel it leave the ramp. Eventually, you’ll be able to
get your front wheel over the top, and then your back wheel. Now you’re airing out. Next, you can learn to ride more efficiently
by pumping. Kind of like a swing set or a rocking horse, pumping is how you’ll gain
speed on ramps by shifting your weight around instead of pedaling. As you go up or down
a ramp, you want to shift your weight back in sync with the transition. You’ll know
you have it figured out when you can start at the bottom of a miniramp, and work your
way up higher and higher without pedaling. You’ll find that pumping is very easy to
learn. It’s a lot more fun than pedaling, and it gives you way more style points. Once you’ve gotten pretty comfortable with
pumping and riding quarter pipes, you should learn to drop in from the deck. Again, starting
on a small one first is probably the best way to learn. Notice the metal piping at the
top. This is called coping. The trick to dropping in is to ride parallel to the coping and turn
into the ramp. Because coping can sometimes be slippery, I recommend actually lifting
your front wheel over it a bit. By dropping in parallel to the coping with your wheel
turned, you avoid needing to nosedive into the ramp to make your transition. In fact,
you’ll pretty much end up in the same position you would if you were just riding up and down
the quarter. Now, you’re going to want to get back on
to the deck so you can take a break. By throwing your body forwards as you ride up the quarter,
you can get your bike over the coping and on to the deck. You can put a foot out to
get back on to the deck, but go a little faster and you can do a fly out. Fly outs are really
fun, and they’re actually one of the best ways to learn tricks since they send you straight
up and straight down. Since you’re basically going 0 mph when you land, it’s easier to
pull off tricks without executing them perfectly. Learn fly outs on small quarters, and work
your way up to the big ones. If you have pegs, you may also want to learn
how to stall on the coping. First, get comfortable with dropping in from your pegs. To do this,
throw your body weight over the center of the ramp, and then immediately turn your front
wheel to roll back in. If you don’t center your weight over the ramp first, you’re
just going to end up sliding down the ramp sideways. Commit to throwing your weight over
the ramp, and the rest will come naturally. Dropping in from pegs is actually easier than
dropping in from the deck. Learn this, and then work on your stalls. Start by riding up the quarter and carving
towards the coping. Make sure your pegs are getting above the coping, and then push your
bike off to the side. At this point, you should be using your momentum to bring your body
over the center of the coping. If you can’t quite get this part, it’s easy to just turn
your front wheel and drop back in. This is probably what will end up happening the first
few times, but I find that the worst that will happen is that you slide down the ramp
or need to drop back in. Find your balance point, and you’ll be stalling in no time. Once you learn to stall, you can grind the
coping by carving and going fast. So that’s pretty much it. Most of the stuff
in the middle of the skatepark is easy ride over when you’re a beginner. However, planning
your lines, learning to ride quarter pipes, and getting a general feel for pumping is
pretty crucial to being able to ride the rest of the park. If your skatepark has an early
morning session, I recommend getting out there and practicing these basic techniques before
it gets crowded. Hopefully, you can get a few ramps to yourself for a while. Get out there, keep practicing, and like always,
thanks for riding with me today, I’ll see you next time.

BMX Basics – 7 Skatepark Skills

100 thoughts on “BMX Basics – 7 Skatepark Skills

  • September 16, 2016 at 1:46 am
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    Hey Seth I've watched a few of your videos and I wanted to ask if you knew of any parks or like dirt jumps/trails in the central Florida area that I can bring my BMX to. I wanted to get back into it and would like to do more park riding and potentially some dirt riding

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  • September 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm
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    thank you so much man now i learned many things on my new BMX

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  • September 20, 2016 at 12:11 pm
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    any tips on bhopping i cant lift my back wheel up with the front up and i need tips on how to lift front up higher

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  • September 21, 2016 at 10:45 pm
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    Thanks for the video

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  • September 23, 2016 at 10:47 am
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    44 Yrs old and just got myself a BMX after about a 25 Yr break….. This video is great!! Gonna give it a go at the weekend 🙂

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  • September 23, 2016 at 8:56 pm
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    Why doesn't he wear a bmx helmet?

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  • October 4, 2016 at 7:10 pm
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    now he has chicago bars

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  • October 7, 2016 at 7:11 pm
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    You try too hard.

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  • October 9, 2016 at 4:08 pm
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    Talk about Chicago bars in the beginning

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  • October 22, 2016 at 6:55 pm
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    How did you even bend your sprocket? you didn't even hit anything!

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  • October 23, 2016 at 11:33 pm
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    that's a half pipe

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  • October 26, 2016 at 4:33 am
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    Can i trade my cult bike like every parts are cult do you think i can trade that one for a better one in a bike shop?

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  • November 11, 2016 at 4:16 am
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    That helmet jesus

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  • December 12, 2016 at 9:15 am
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    You are so helpful!

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  • December 22, 2016 at 4:07 am
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    sometimes, when i ride in a bowl's walls, my front tire lifts up and i almost fall, should i be putting more weight to the front, or try and keep it equal?

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  • December 25, 2016 at 2:34 am
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    I'm afraid of airing out. I don't know how to overcome it! Any advice?

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  • January 2, 2017 at 7:33 pm
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    so when i try to air out…. my front tire always get caught at the top of the quarter pipe and eveytime i try to air out and turn around…i cant because its almost like im riding up the quarter pipe. and thats not what i want to do, any tips?

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  • January 3, 2017 at 3:33 am
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    is anyone else afraid that the'll smash there nuts on the seet

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  • January 4, 2017 at 8:43 pm
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    the kids in my skatepark some smoke marihuana and are always high 😭 🙁

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  • January 5, 2017 at 10:45 am
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    dude please stop wearing a mountain bike helmet on a bmx. You look so weird

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  • January 8, 2017 at 7:44 am
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    just one question when airing should my tires hit the coping

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  • January 9, 2017 at 4:50 am
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    This video help me so much with my bmx bike I got for Christmas ❤️

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  • January 11, 2017 at 9:40 am
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    Hey
    I have started riding the skate park with my 29er recently and I was thinking of getting a more appropriate bike for this.
    I'm looking for something more forgiving than a BMX, do you think a 24inch street bike with a DJ suspension fork would work as well in a skate park? Can you ride a halfpipe with it and do 180ies and stuff?

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  • January 14, 2017 at 3:21 am
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    follow my instaqrams @zidanbmx03 ready folback

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  • January 18, 2017 at 10:28 am
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    I've been riding for half a year and this is exactly what I was looking for.

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  • January 18, 2017 at 10:48 am
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    that is 10 000000000000000 times better than my local skatepark

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  • January 20, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    if you stand on the pegs, and lift the front wheel up, does it count as a manual?

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  • February 5, 2017 at 5:34 am
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    Turn the music down

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  • February 12, 2017 at 4:02 am
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    why i watch this?we dont have any skate/bmx park in here

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  • February 16, 2017 at 2:30 am
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    Lol he called a half pipe a quarter pipe

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  • February 19, 2017 at 8:17 am
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    what bmx does he have

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  • March 5, 2017 at 10:06 pm
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    44 and getting back into it… Your vids are ace! Thanx man 😉

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  • March 10, 2017 at 6:52 pm
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    winters almost over and no bmx videos!?

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  • March 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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    Hey, I have the problem that when I try to drop in I scratch my peddal on the ramp. How to fix it ?

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  • March 17, 2017 at 9:56 pm
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    Haha I would be soo pissed if I did that to my sprocket ! I have a 4 mile ride to my closest skate park and back

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  • March 19, 2017 at 6:05 pm
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    Now I REALLY WANT A BMX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • April 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm
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    0:50 😂😂😂 LOL 😂😂😅

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  • April 8, 2017 at 3:21 am
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    I can't skate all that well, maybe I can start bmx..

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  • April 12, 2017 at 3:53 pm
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    can you do how to stop on a bmx because i just started riding a bmx im used to big mtb mine is medium and 27.5 wheels then i transferred to bmx and i feel like giant on this thing i cant even bunny hop like i did in my mountain bike and i feel so dicey when it comes to stopping cuz i ride brakeless help seth and theres non stop hills here in philippines too

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  • April 14, 2017 at 9:37 am
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    Such a nice park

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  • April 23, 2017 at 5:01 pm
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    is mafia bike's shipping ther bike's tho the netherlands?

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  • April 28, 2017 at 1:14 am
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    OHHHH SNAAAAP WE BOTH LIVE IN BROWARD

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  • May 10, 2017 at 12:26 am
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    Thats not a skatepark its a bikepark lol

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  • May 16, 2017 at 10:04 pm
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    Nice try on that transfer at the start 😂😂

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  • May 26, 2017 at 6:21 pm
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    These helped me

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  • May 27, 2017 at 7:21 pm
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    Chicago Bars!!!!

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  • June 3, 2017 at 6:32 pm
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    skate park name?

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  • June 14, 2017 at 5:26 pm
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    i bought a new bmx and just had a flat ._.

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  • June 16, 2017 at 8:19 pm
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    thats a sexy ass park, did u reserve it?? why is nobody there?

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  • July 2, 2017 at 9:15 am
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    I'm going to my Grandmas tomorrow! Nothing to do because the town is barely a kilometre big but it has a massive skatepark with no one ever there! 👍😁😁😁😂😂😂

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  • July 6, 2017 at 7:49 am
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    I realized that park is only 5 minutes away from my house lol

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  • July 11, 2017 at 9:03 pm
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    "like that scooter kid who finished his fourth mountain dew"

    truth hurts.

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  • July 19, 2017 at 8:16 pm
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    Great video Seth, thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  • July 21, 2017 at 4:08 am
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    HE MAKES IT LOOK SOOOOO EASY!!!!

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  • July 21, 2017 at 5:21 pm
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    Atleast your skate parking isnt dull of 6 year old scooter kids

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  • July 27, 2017 at 10:43 pm
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    Is that a Tropic Lightning shirt? Were you part of the 25th Infantry at one time or another?

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  • August 18, 2017 at 11:50 am
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    scooter kids ride in a unpredictable WAY.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 7:38 am
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    this actually helped me… Thanks

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  • September 13, 2017 at 4:45 am
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    ayeee this my local park

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  • October 10, 2017 at 3:18 am
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    well its sort of easy for you you got a massive empty part

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  • October 15, 2017 at 1:44 am
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    Seth, if you make more BMX videos, can you explain more about the handling and body positioning? I've noticed people hold the bmx bars really in the center. I used to ride bmx years ago and didnt hold it that way. Now I ride downhill but i want to go back to bmx.

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  • October 24, 2017 at 1:33 pm
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    holy crap.. its brian picalo park.. i use to go there when i was a kid.. im just getting back into bmx now

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  • October 26, 2017 at 7:21 pm
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    Mini bmx

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  • November 7, 2017 at 12:59 am
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    HAHAHAHAHAH ur vid has more views than Adam LZ's

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  • November 22, 2017 at 6:14 pm
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    How do you get up a ramp there’s no tutorial

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  • November 24, 2017 at 9:35 pm
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    It’s not scooter kids who snake people, it’s kids who don’t know what their doing. It could be a skate kid or BMX kid who gets in the way. I’m a kid who rides a scooter but I’m observant before i go because I know if I accidentally get in someone’s way, their going to hate me more than if it was a skater kid or BMX kid be cause I ride a scooter. It’s annoying how people don’t get this!

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  • December 23, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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    We dont have a skatpark for 20 miles

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  • December 24, 2017 at 2:12 pm
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    I still dont get the pumping part… Its hard to me to gain speed on quarters, I usually have to pedal to get the 180 done. Any help?

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  • January 7, 2018 at 11:12 am
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    In my city in Saskatchewan Canada the skate park is open at 5:00 in the morning.

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  • January 18, 2018 at 3:19 pm
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    the "skate-park"in mycity is open 24/7 but i dont ride bmx … i just hang with sum friends there and take a few jumps with my xc bike

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  • February 14, 2018 at 6:50 am
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    not all scooter riders are snakes most skaters are snakes as well

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  • February 19, 2018 at 4:44 pm
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    My skate parks just a half pipe

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  • February 24, 2018 at 2:26 pm
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    OMG I LIVE IN BROWARD CAN I MEET YOU

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  • March 9, 2018 at 4:52 pm
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    Where is this skate park

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  • April 29, 2018 at 4:09 am
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    i have a problem though i ride bmx and my only local park has either a super big bowl or a beginner bowl but im intermediate and that small bowl isnt big enough to drop into after airing and there is usually 20 or so scooter kids snaking me. i would go somewhere else but im not old enough to drive

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  • May 3, 2018 at 1:29 am
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    Anybody know where this park is?

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  • May 15, 2018 at 9:49 am
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    # one life rule. dont be steppin on toes if you dont want to catch smoke

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  • May 30, 2018 at 6:16 pm
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    I wish you did more bmx riding and vids on bmx's

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  • June 12, 2018 at 4:19 pm
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    great helpful vid

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  • June 25, 2018 at 10:52 pm
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    Thanks this helped me a lot

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  • July 2, 2018 at 11:28 pm
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    I love when you have the park to yourself, and you don’t know much, so you can try to learn new tricks and not look like a tool

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  • July 4, 2018 at 12:13 am
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    That 360 whip is so smooooth..

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  • August 4, 2018 at 3:29 am
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    bike pegs dent coping and pisses off skaters….most likely it was the skaters that got the park designed and built……

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  • August 17, 2018 at 2:52 pm
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    4 mountain dews jeeeeezze

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  • September 2, 2018 at 5:49 pm
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    sadly both skateparks in barrie dont have quarter pipes

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  • September 9, 2018 at 11:12 pm
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    lets see some more bmx videos! Its been ages

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  • September 19, 2018 at 2:41 am
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    Billy idol 😊

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  • November 1, 2018 at 10:35 pm
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    I wish my local skatepark was that good. Im stuck with having less than 8 features at my skatepark.

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  • November 30, 2018 at 11:30 pm
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    Seth, how about a vid on riding a typical mtb at a skatepark. What you can and can not/should not try. Been messing around at my local park on my slack hardtail. Keep up great work.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:54 am
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    when i go down a ramp { slightly steep} my petals get cought and one time i fell and broke my wrist tell me how no to do that like how not to get your petals cought

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  • December 25, 2018 at 3:04 pm
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    That’s not bmx that’s street skateparking. BMX has jumps and a ramp with a gate.

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  • January 30, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    No joke, we dont have a quarter pipe or a bowl at my skatepark

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  • April 10, 2019 at 9:20 pm
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    This vid rly helped me as I am getting a bmx

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  • May 1, 2019 at 10:38 am
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    Believe me everyone at my skatepark is riding unpredictable

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  • June 28, 2019 at 2:38 am
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    Scooter kids just drink mountain dews

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  • August 26, 2019 at 3:21 pm
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    Broooooo thets a grad video ❤❤❤

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  • September 3, 2019 at 2:28 am
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    You make this look so easy😩

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  • September 9, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    0:48 that was kyle

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:47 pm
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    I’m a scooter kid and I swear that I’m the only one in the world that doesn’t act like a cocky little kid and doesn’t get in others way. Ps idk why but I also hate my own fellow scooter kids 😑

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