I can wheelie but crikey I can't do a manual….why are they soooooo hard?
Well I can wheelie since a kid. But not to the standard of coastkid etc. But ok – ish. Manualing took a lot longer. I’m still far from getting it mastered, but the key things so far on my journey are:
0: Look ahead (plan the move and what comes next).
1: Its not about hands / arms / pulling.
2: Preweight the front and move back.
3: Heels down!
4: Learn how to skim your ass over the saddle (just) as it passes toward the rear wheel.
5: Push your feet forward toward the front axle (THIS IS THE CRUCIAL BIT).
6: Maybe a wee twist on the bars with both wrists as you get as far back. Keep the bars straight.
7: Cover the back brake with a finger. When it does work it can be really scary!
8: Practice.Posted 7 years ago
9: Again and again.
10: Repeat 9.aracerSubscriber
Even I can manual (or I could at one point a while ago when I last tried), and I’m an XC Jeyboy. It does take practice, though with the right instruction surprisingly little. I picked up the knack whilst on holiday when the bike guide offered a “wheely and bunnyhop” clinic – given I was the only taker (it was a sailing holiday with a bit of biking, so not many into it) I got one-on-one tuition and largely picked it up in an hour. Not sure if I could still manage a bunnyhop without being clipped in though.Posted 7 years ago
Just to add: here is a chap on a fixie who does a manual, then a bunny, to avoid a crash, in a race, with no warning etc. He just jumps over the rider who crashes in front of him. Its just subtle movements over the saddle, and pushes with his heels. I dont know how to show this in slow motion but here it is (at 18 secs in):Posted 7 years agoahwilesSubscriber
i guessed as much.
a well designed, correctly sized xc bike will do a good job of resisting wheelies – to keep the front wheel under control on steep climbs.
it should have a longish top tube and or stem, which positions your weight well in front of the wheelie balance point.
it can be quite tricky to overcome this, not impossible, but tricky. especially so if you’re not really sure what you’re doing anyway.
chances are, you’ve got the technique more-or-less right, borrow a bmx and give it a go on something much, much easier.Posted 7 years ago
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