How to Bike Over a Curb

It's very annoying having to stop your bike in order to get over the curb and onto the path but if you follow this guide you will be able to effortlessly traverse curbs while barely slowing down.


  1. 1
    Approach slowly. Change to a low gear to get going again afterwards.
  2. 2
    Stand up on your pedals.
  3. 3
    Lean back onto your rear wheel.
  4. 4
    Just before you reach the curb, push the handlebars down and right after pull them up so you get your front wheel on top of the curb. Try pedaling for about a quarter turn of the pedals to make raising the front wheel easier. This is called a wheelie
  5. 5
    Let the front wheel fall onto the curb. Don't drop it onto the edge, about 20 to 30 cm after the curb edge is good.
  6. 6
    Allow your rear wheel to roll up the curb. If you have clip in shoes pull up with your feet to lift your rear wheel up the curb. If you don't have clips, lean forward aggressively, you should feel the rear wheel get lighter which makes it easier to get up the curb. Leaning forward as soon as the front wheel hits the ground will actually raise the rear wheel off the ground but this requires speed to be effective for getting up or over obstacles. The chances of a pinch flat occurring increase with speed so it is best to reserve that for smaller curbs and edges.
  7. 7
    Keep increasing speed as you master this technique. Once you're confident with this method, try bunny hopping to clear the obstacle.


  • Wear helmet and other safety gear.
  • Practice somewhere safe with no cars around.


  • You may fall off a couple of times to begin with so wear a helmet and keep trying.

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