Friday, June 4, 2010

How to do a Hitchhiker

Moblie Video

This is Rad Dad from BMX today I am going to show you how to do a Hitchhiker. A hitchhiker is a combination of different of tricks put together. There are a couple of tricks that you can work on to help you learn how to do a hitchhiker. Steamrollers, Double Footed Steamrollers, Half Hikers and Karl Kruisers. You should be familiar with these tricks because they are stepping stones to learning hitchhikers.

I like to ride in from double footed steamroller. That’s my basic ride in. The trick to the ride in is in your legs. You want to squat down just a bit while you are in the double footed steam and let your weight lean over the stem. Keep your feat straight and stand on the balls of your feet. When you are ready and feel like your steady. Lift up the bike to the hitchhiker position. You will do this in one motion and there will be a moment in time that you will not be holding on to the bike. You will start off holding the seat and as you pull the seat around you will release it right about the time to grab the tire. Its very quick switch and don’t worry you wont fall to hard getting this part down.
When you are in the hitchhiker position you will want to pull the tire down. Many times when you are learning this trick for the first time you will have a tendency to want to pull the tire up. But that pushes the bars to the ground. When you pull back on the tire the bars will lift into the air.

Once you gain your balance you are ready to make another switch. Roll the tire back to the front and grab for the seat again. This will put you in a half hiker position. This position is much harder than the hitchhiker position to hold because the bike is off to the side. When you feel ready gently bend your legs and bring the frame in front of you again. That will put you back in a double footed steamroller. From there you switch your hands back to steam roller and ride away.

There are many ways in and out of a hitchhiker. I also like to ride in from Karl and doing Steamroller to Karl to Hitchhiker. Once you have this trick down you can move on to other double footed forward rolling tricks and make your own combinations.

That’s how you do a Hitchiker now go outside and learn it

Keep on Riding!


  1. this is very cool, it should help out a LOT of riders! awesome to see you go from just learning it to mastering it and making a how to video :)

  2. Hi Rad Dad,

    Me and some friends discovered your youtube videos a while ago and found them very inspirational. How would you feel about doing a short interview for my bmx blog? We don't have many flatlanders down here in New Zealand, so it would mean a lot.

  3. Hi RatMan

    That sounds wonderful. You can reach me by email at It would be a honor. These comments do not have a email subsription so you always have to look. Glad I happen to look today.

    Rad Dad

  4. Thanks Rad Dad! I've emailed you the questions.

  5. Mastering the hitchhiker move requires dedication and practice in flatland BMX. Focus on balance, How Game Win coordination, and controlled spins.