Video: Pumping a figure eight

Here’s how to rock the figure eight drill without pedaling. There are a few sweet moments — and plenty of sloppy ones. Behold:

We filmed this after a clinic the other day (Phillip: thanks for the filmage). I happened to be on the 20, which is finicky but effective.

The grade is slightly uphill going away from the camera.

0:40 to 0:42 is pretty cool.

4 MB Quicktime.

Also see:

Videos: Figure eights at five paces

How to pump a flat surface (with video)

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20 replies
  1. Greg says:

    Hey Lee; Great to see how it is done! I’ve been following these pumping vids with interest, but I have to admit I don’t remember the origin of, or the why it is so important.

    Would it be possible to provide a link to the beginning of all this for any of us who missed something along the way.


  2. leelikesbikes says:

    Ian – Make sure you have the latest plugin?

    Also, rather than clicking the image, try Control-clicking (Mac) and saving the link to your computer. On a PC, I think that’s a right click?

  3. leelikesbikes says:

    Yep, usually, if I know I’ll be pumping the pave.

    Those Intense Micro Knobbies have 60 psi.

    On the I go 50-60 psi (compared with 40-45 psi for general riding).

  4. Chris Q says:

    Very Cool! I’ll have to give that a try after work this week. I was thinking that you would just ride it like a normal figure eight but somehow pump the 270 degree turns to get the speed. Now I can see that you are using all of those little turns in between to generate the pump. I reckon, with the help of a couple of two stroke sound effects, I could get that going!

    By the way, there is just something about watching an old bloke with a beard and glasses wringing a BMX around a car park that warms the heart.

    Get some!

  5. Ian says:

    HAHA had fun today pumping the figure 8. I was washing out somewhat with the Comp III’s on. So I switched to Maxxis Mirracle tires and ripped it.

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