- Poll: Who can pull wheelies?
Wheelies and manuals – a world apart! Wheelies are easiest uphill, slowly, easy gear. Manuals are far harder I find (can do bmx but nowhere near the balance point on an mtb) but are best learnt using car park spaces to feel some progress, which is essential if you’re going to stick it out.
Good luck!Posted 3 years ago
Wheelies are pointless but relatively easy to learn
Manuals are pretty useful on the trail but way harder to learn
Apart from maybe using a small wheelie to pop the front wheel over obstacles, there’s not much practical use. I love the feeling of wheelies – they’re just fun. But you can’t really do them without being accused of “showing off”.Posted 3 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
I’ve been practising for ages but I’m still rubbish at them! Can hold a wheelie or a manual but not for very long at all… The funny thing with manualling is that the variety where you pump manual for a while through rollers is actuated and held completely differently to the variety where you just keep the front wheel up on flat ground.Posted 3 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
No, I’m pretty crap to be honest.
However, sat at traffic lights with cars in front of and behind me in town the other day, I successfully pulled off a decent track stand for 20 or so seconds and (for some reason still unbeknown to me – I think I was still pissed), wheelied away when the lights turned green. I must have looked like a massive knob, but fortunately I managed to get about 5 pedal strokes, just until I lost my balance – fortunately that was time to put the power down.
I can’t imagine how much of a knob I’d have looked if I messed it up completely.Posted 3 years agomildredMember
I’m 43 & I was brought up on wheelies. Without wheelies you couldn’t show your face round my way. They were measured in white line – i.e. How many white lines down the middle of the road you could wheelie, then in minutes.
A sat down manual was called a coaster wheelie when I was a lad.
No. Nor can I manual. Can someone teach me, please?
Isn’t that when you get hold of your nob and pull vigorously & repeatedly.Posted 3 years ago
After spending the last few days chasing the elusive unicorn of a decent effortless wheelie, I’m close to throwing the towel in again just like I did when i was 12.
I can get the front wheel up and over stuff no problem but the rolling along on the back wheel with a woodbine nonchalantly hanging out the corner of my mouth seems beyond me. Is it even important?
How am I ever going to pull a decent manual?Posted 3 years agotomhowardSubscriber
Funny this thread should come up. Can wheelie an mtb no problem, learnt to manual (on mtb) a couple of years ago on a skills day, and I’m ok at that. Can’t for the life of my seem to manual my 24″ crusier…
But I digress, the best wheelie I have ever done was today, on my…. (wait for it) fast road bike, uphill, passing a mate who was clearly struggling. (Not a steep climb, but a long drag) the glare I got from him nearly knocked me off, I was only saved by my own smugness
I know, feel free to bask in my orsumz.Posted 3 years ago
Yeah – one handed and everything!!
You mean, with one hand still on the bar? Amateur. Real dangerfans do it no-handed.
I sense a theme here. Of the people who can wheelie, can any of them wheelie better than they could aged 15? I certainly can’t. I think somewhere there is a photo of me circa 1999, inspired by Jez Avery no doubt, doing a one-handed / no-front-wheel wheelie. I think that was the pinnacle 🙁Posted 3 years agonorthernerindevonSubscriber
Can’t manual but working on it. Wheelies – I am tres awesome – normal, one handed and the ultimate; the no handed wheelie!
Tis how I got our lass… (resplendent with Stella, five skin construction and a dose of nonchalance! **may not be true!**)
Seriously, wheelies make riding up hill fun. Plus you can annoy your mates by cruising by popping one handed wheelies while trying to push them off! 8)Posted 3 years agoelliott-20Member
I love wheelie-ing me.
Probably the first ‘trick’ I ever learned as a kid and just haven’t stopped. 😆
Of the people who can wheelie, can any of them wheelie better than they could aged 15
Probably, but only just. And it took quite a while to find that ‘sweet’ spot on my first FS, especially for manuals.Posted 3 years agojohnnyboy666Member
Yep wheelies no problem but manuals I suck at, just long enough for trail obstacles and the like but that’s it. Wheelies help if you end up at a drop with very little speed, just a quick pedal to
to take you off the edge.
I do it loads when climbing fireroads, seems to take your mind off the effort because you are trying to balance.Posted 3 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
It is my secret shame. I can do a functional trail manual- like, wheel comes up for long enough to go over a thing- but nothing balance pointy. The one time I really tried, I broke my coccyx and it still bloomin hurts years later so I figure that’s nature’s way of saying NOPEPosted 3 years ago
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