How To Barspin With Ryan Nyquist - Video

Apr 12, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  

He's the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be at bar spins - but how does Ryan Nyquist actually do them!? The man himself tells you his tricks and tips for getting the bars all the way around.



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85 Comments

  • + 108
 tried this on my session, what a bunch of shit.
  • + 78
 I wonder if 2019 Ticket has knock block
  • + 10
 *clunk*
  • + 18
 You have to loosen up the headset so the bars can spin all the way around.
  • + 7
 I heard it work better on the session if you take the forks off.
  • + 0
 Cam McCaul did it on a session
  • + 5
 You have to poke the stanchions through to just the lower crown. That'll do it
  • + 2
 @CarrotCorn: Well, fork you too!
  • + 76
 a bar spin would require me to go off a jump bigger than 2 feet
  • + 23
 have you seen some of these bmxers? they barely leave the ground and can do it.
  • + 9
 @adrennan: you don't even have to leave the ground, just take pressure off the front end.
  • + 2
 nah easier to learn on small shit honestly
  • + 4
 @hamncheez - a tiny advice: try that on a parking lot and until you can do it 9/10 attempts don’t even try to do it on a “jump” bigger than 1 foot...
  • + 46
 I thought it was settled, he has a crazy-sketchy motor in the frame that violently spins the bars for him.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh-QyvRXlVg
  • + 20
 Thanks for sharing this - fucking hilarious and relevant
  • + 3
 OMG im still laughing. That is awesome
  • + 6
 Nyquist should have held onto the bars and see if he could use the motor to do tail whips
  • + 26
 Ryan would make for such a cool coach.
  • + 22
 Ryan Nyqvist should do a video on his break set up because he seems like the only guy at crankworx that knows how to set up a gyro.
  • + 3
 It does seem like a lost art...
  • + 6
 *Brake.
  • + 19
 I learned from watching NY questions video from back in the day. Cool to see his tutorial on it. One of the three tricks I can actually do consistently. The other two being x-ups and always crashing to the left
  • + 2
 Thats funny shit
  • + 1
 Just saw that auto correct got me again. Was supposed to say Nyquists not NY questions
  • + 15
 Can we have two Presidents of MTB Land? cuz Tippie for Prez, classic...but Nyquist too. Petitionforchange. (and never ever let go of the bike...what are guys, nuts? heehee)
  • + 12
 What a boss. Would love to see Ryan do a whole series of these. Informative and entertaining in equal measure like all the very best teachers.
  • + 1
 Just a fucking awesome dude! I always wanted the nyquist bmx, but when I bought mine it was the year that the cheap one was mirra only!
  • + 1
 @jaame: My first mountain bike rides were actually on a 16" Haro Nyquist BMX bike!
  • + 1
 @gibspaulding: nice. I always thought he was the coolest guy. Turns out he's only two or three years older than me!
  • + 12
 Ryan, You Are Hilarious! A quality Human
  • + 11
 Scary Bear No-Handers ——- this lmfao
  • + 8
 Bussdrivers is kind of "faux pas" in BMX but ok in MTB, whats up with that?

I blame moral degeneration among the youthful bigwheelers with whole bikes wheighing less than a stripped S&M Sabbath frame..
  • + 10
 taking your hands off the bar!! what will these crazy kids think of next, taking your feet off the pedals?!
  • + 7
 Taking my teeth off the chainstay.
  • + 8
 Probably won't try a barspin off a jump in my lifetime, but really enjoyed the video!
  • + 5
 What a likable guy. Perfectly explained AND funny, too. More of this please. He could teach other riders how to be an approachable, relaxed guy, how to have fun and not take things too serious.
  • + 2
 Too right. The part where he was on tuning that Sheila, and talking to his dad on the phone, just hilarious!
  • + 6
 He is fuvking funny... they should give him a slot on a tv program somwhere
  • - 4
flag jaame (Apr 13, 2018 at 4:58) (Below Threshold)
 Him and Pilgs would be too funny!
  • + 2
 for historical reference here; my teenage riding buddy jeremy alder doing the first ever recorded full bar spin air. (and yes he was sponsored by haro as well) the goods start at 2:55. www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rp8qnyHabI
  • + 5
 "It sucks landing with your hands off the handlebars, especially when they're not straight"

Fact.
  • + 5
 why do i think practicing the actual bar spin on the ground until it felt comfortable should the first step here?
  • + 5
 Do any of the mtbers do proper barspins or do they all just like driving their buses too much?
  • + 3
 A bunch of them do it classic style, Rheeder and Semenuk of the top of my head give it a good whip.
  • + 2
 most people can do it either way, but i can speak personally when saying that "bussing" is wayyyyy easier and safer feeling, especially during combo tricks. And its a proper barspin either way...
  • + 2
 @TheDownhillDude: But when "bussing" you dont get that great feeling of a good catch. Sure, the bars are spun but I would say they are different tricks as in tuck-nohanders and suicides both are no handers sort of way.
  • + 2
 I know I will be damned for saying this, but I prefer the bus driver style. Looks smoother to me
  • + 3
 Storytelling-show modeled somewhat on Ari Shaffir's "this is not happening" with Tippie/Nyqvist as hosts when?!

Why am I not a billionaire, I would fund so much good shit..
  • + 2
 I'm old school and throw and catch, plus pinch with my knees. But again I leaned bar spins over 15 years ago. Great tutorial from Nyquist.

m.pinkbike.com/photo/6061584
  • + 1
 I would suggest backing your rear wheel into something solid you can then lean back and easily practice the spin until you have it figured out. Great vid from a legend i was hoping to see some old school triples maybe next time.
  • + 2
 Do you see how he has his foot under a pedal. Same thing I think, he does suggest the leaning on a chainlink fence in some mega old bmx how to video however...
  • + 4
 Nyquist is an effin legend! Such a rad dude.
  • + 2
 I feel for the rider who got absorbed by the SRAM billboard. The possibilities are endless, yeah he probably wasn't prepared for that one.
  • + 1
 the Double Truck should be renamed Nyquist if it hasn't already. Such a good guy. Great ambassador for any bike discipline.
  • + 2
 I usually do my spin around bars on monday, wednesday, friday, saturday and sunday
  • + 4
 Back in 1948!
  • + 1
 Haha I noticed that too Smile
  • + 1
 just seems like a good way to get a bar end to the gut. No thanks I'll stick with throwing a whip and not going to the hospital.
  • + 1
 Did he say to grab the f-ing brake for multiple spins? I want to see that in slow mo. Not doubting it. Just want to see it done.
  • + 1
 Yeah because it will stop the rotation of the front wheel, centrifugal force might not be a huge factor if you’re pinching the seat. I do know that on mx if you speed up the revs of the back wheel in the air then it’ll push the rear end up and vice versa for slowing it down I.e. hitting the brake. So I could see how a spinning wheel matched with spinning bars could create an issue. I’m just now learning 360’s I haven’t even tried a bar other than standing over my bike and doing it when getting a beer.
  • + 0
 Slopestyle may be fun to watch but how many of us actually aspire to do these things? I know I don't. Whips, x-ups and tabletops for me. I like to stay attached to my bike and don't want to modify it to do a few tricks.
  • + 2
 Last barspin I ate shit. My seat is not conducive to pinching, and I like it really low. Now I'm old, and quitting.
  • + 1
 What actual width ar Nyquists bars? I cut mine down to 700mm recently with the intention of learning barspins, but Im wondering if I should go narrower.
  • + 0
 Dunno...but older school ProTaper DH bars were 660-80??? I went straight from that to a 785 on the DH bike...great for DH, don't like 785 so much on the Trance...too much torque, can almost reef the front end right out from under ya
  • + 1
 Most BMX bars nowadays come at a width of 28 to 30 inches which the millimeter conversion would be about 710 mm to 760 mm. Given that Nyquist is an old school rider, I have a feeling he might be at the narrower end of that spectrum.
  • + 1
 I bought a bike off a midget who cut them down to 610 and I still couldn't x-up let alone barspin. I can x-up a bmx with wide (for bmx) bars. I think head tube angle and weight make a big difference.
  • + 1
 @choppertank3e: I would bet they are 680-700
  • + 2
 More Nyquist! I have never laughed that much during any pinkbike video. Dude is genuinely funny and a skilled legend!!!!
  • + 1
 Having trouble doing a bearskin on my 2006 big hit with a bomber. Bars always stop. Plz help
  • + 2
 Love this guy. Grateful he's on the tour. It's good for everyone.
  • + 1
 Best lesson I've ever had. Hahahaha What a coach. Very very funny , but still very dicactic
  • + 2
 Is that Jackson Goldstone's mom he's hitting on? JK, sort of...
  • + 1
 Really funny! Cheers Ryan.
  • + 1
 >> back when I landed my first barspin in 1948 ...

gold!
  • + 2
 Trix are for kids
  • + 1
 Flips are still easier than bars.
  • + 1
 Buy a bmx
  • + 0
 Is he super high or is it just me?
  • + 1
 I like barspinning 29ers
  • + 2
 attempts on 29er, hits toes with wheel and dies.
  • + 0
 Casual
  • - 1
 I have a trek
  • - 2
 Too many bar spins is just not that awesome

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