Practice 😀 Took me a looooooong time to get good at it, but can manual a very long way now. Nothing feels better than manualling (ok, nothing bike related) handy for getting through puddles, manualling through pumps, manualling over tabletops etc etc.
Also good for showing off. Its ALL about the balance point.Posted 8 years agoPJ266Member
Yarp, theres the coaster wheelie, which is a wheelie (surprisingly) but not pedalling. Manualling you need to be standing to shift your weight around on the bike. Pull up on the bars, lean back and keep your legs slightly bent, if the front end drops straighten your legs out quickly, this will prop the front end up (You’ll panic the first time you manage this and grab a handful of back brake 😉 ) and if you feel yourself looping out do the opposite and suck yourself into the bike. practicepracticepractice.Posted 8 years agoWooksterSubscriber
HAve been working on this its the one trick type skill I really want to be able to do. so far have ended up on my a*se a few times and now am grabbing too much brake but its coming on!! Tips so far….learn on grass!!! and the balance is about where your rear hub is.. ie further back than you would think!!!Posted 8 years agogohanMember
bend your knees, get your ass back over the back wheels pull up and cover the back brake, 1/4 pedal stroke helps just to give it a kick, oh and get your saddle down to start with, get it at knee height and use your knees, also helps to practise on a raised curb, use the slight up side to help with the lift! easy! 😀Posted 8 years agoolaf_hansenMember
don’t if this helps in the slightest, but I managed to get my hands on a turbo trainer. Stick the bike in normally, rock forwards and straighten back/legs, and the front flies up. Although it’s nothing like the real thing, at least it gives you an idea what the balance point feels like.
I guess the fact I haven’t managed to reproduce it for real is an indicator it’s not really working ….Posted 8 years agoCrellMember
For those who can’t visualise it: manualing on a bmx track
It’s worth learning how to pump as well to add to your skills repertoire. You’ll know when you’ve got it ss you’ll actually increase speed through the bumps (without pedalling)- again good to practice on a BMX or pump track.
Olaf – make sure you get that on film 🙂Posted 8 years agocoffeekingMember
I’m going to make a possibly different suggestion to learning it. Start by learning to hop on the back wheel with the back brake locked. This teaches you where the balance point is and after a while you should be able to stand around on the rear wheel stationary for a good few seconds without hopping much. From there you are aware of the location of the balance point and adding motion to it is less likely to end in scrapes, but you will still need to train yourself not to grab handfuls of rear brake! Definitely flats for learning or trials stuff of any kind, but once you’re practiced you can transfer it to spds fairly easily.Posted 8 years agoCrellMember
Sorry Tankslapper I missed this – Absolutely learn on flats. You will come off the back of the bike a lot.
Coffeking, that’s a really good suggestion. In my yoof on a BMX, doing backhops / balancing on the back wheel was a good way to learn how to balance the centre of gravity on the bike.Posted 8 years ago
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