How to do 360s and Other BMX Tricks

By: Daniel Lesser

180 to tire Trap

(it is best to learn this on a mini ramp until you can do it on the ground). Get average speed going up the ramp. Hit the lip and do a fly out and 180 by kicking the rear end around as you’re about to land. Lean back slightly and lock back brakes. (David the Jesus)


know what foot you go to the ramp into) If you go with your right foot, spin to the right and vice versa. When you get to about one foot before the end of the ramp, jerk your front tire to right and follow through with your body. Master this motion and soon you will get a 360. (Matt)

Curtain Call

Go as fast as you can and hit the ramp. Once you are five feet in the air, put your left foot on left front peg and hold on with just your left hand. Take your right leg and arm off the bike while holding on with just you left arm and leg.

Flatland Bar Spin

Start with your left foot on the left back peg. Keep right foot on pedal. Slow down to a walking pace Put your left or right hand on the front of the seat. Pedal quickly with the right foot and pull up with your hand that is on the seat.

Try balancing with your front tire up and spin your handlebars around. Grab the handlebars and put everything back on. (Once you get good at this, you will be able to do 3, 4, or 5 bar spins).


Get a lot of air, and keep on trying. It'll take a little (okay, A LOT) of pain to get it right, but it's well worth it.

Turndown 360s

The key to doing a 360 is to turn your head and upper body in the direction you plan to spin throughout the rotation; where the head leads, the body will follow … hopefully.

Double tail whips

To do a tail whip, swing your right foot over the frame, and when at a fast walking pace, jam it in between the front forks and the tire. With your left foot still on the pedal, push the frame around in a counterclockwise direction.

Keep your left foot in the air and use it for balance. Make sure to hold the front brakes. When the frame gets all of the way around, use your left foot to stop it, by placing it on the seat post.

Take your right foot off of the tire and put it onto the right pedal, then swing the left foot over the frame and onto the left pedal, then pedal away. You’ve done it!


Bigger spins take more windup with the upper body (throwing your body into it), and more time to come around. Entering a spin slightly on edge can help get the bike turning, but wait until you’ve left the ground to really start the rotation (spinning too early may cause you to catch an edge).

Turn your head and upper body in the direction of the spin as you leave the lip of the jump. Continue to look that way–over your lead shoulder–until you spot the landing. Fixing your sights on the landing and extending your body will stop the rotation, allowing you to set ’er down real nice.

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