Who does not like doing tricks on their bikes? Every cyclist at some point in the cycling journey thinks about learning tricks they can perform on their bikes. Some of riders it might be fun, for others for serious and technical riding.
From my experience, although most of these start as fun, it ends up being very profitable in the rides I go on. These rides being commuting, where free hands, trackstands, bunny hops prove to be real handy, or in trails where bunny hops, drifting, stoppie can be life savings.
But, honestly I don't believe that learning tricks is a unavoidable part of being a cyclist. I have seen cyclists capable of pumping non-stop uphill for hours. They barely use any tricks and go beyond core cycling with sprints, body positions and pedalling techniques. For a hobby cyclist like me, knowing some tricks is not even comparable to their skills.
I practice a lot, I commute, I go on endurance drills and all of these rides will pay off eventually. But I am wondering if I should spend time learning and practising tricks as well.
Basically, the question is How important is it to learn tricks to be a good rider?