So….apparently learning to do a wheelie isn't child's play!

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  • So….apparently learning to do a wheelie isn't child's play!
  • doris5000
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    ha, keep on, there’s absolutely a knack to finding the balance point.

    my wife finds it sweetly amusing that I still think wheelies are cool. BUT THEY ARE COOL!

    Premier Icon cjr61
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    They are indeed cool…..just not when you’re on your arse with bike on top of you!

    Must work harder!

    wobbliscott
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    Just a case of time on the bike. I try a few times a week but after a few clumsy failed attempts with maybe one half decent semi successful wheelie I get paranoid that the neighbours are all laughing at me from behind their curtains so pretent I’m just checking the forks over and sculk off back into the garage. I get the feeling that if I just swalowed my pride and had a good solid hour session I’d make a big improvement.

    Keep at it and one day you’ll crack it

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    hoping I remember to move my feet should a loop out be imminent

    Grab the rear brake. You should be covering it.

    xc-steve
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    After a good couple of months of trying during any climb I felt yesterday I actually did a wheely in the sense it wasn’t an uncontrolled pull of the bars constantly chasing it not falling but up a good couple of rotations then down. Couldn’t do it again mind!

    Found it helped to be smooth with the pedal and don’t yank on the bars.

    Premier Icon cjr61
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    Perhaps a mid-life crisis but want to improve my bike skills and felt a wheelie (then bunny hop, then manual) was a good place to start.

    Half an hour in the park yesterday, two loop outs and one OTB (don’t ask!) and a sore back today.

    Haha, i’ll keep trying but hoping I remember to move my feet should a loop out be imminent….if not then perhaps Darwinism in action.

    😉

    No ‘you’ve been framed’ style videos yet but perhaps next practice session.

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    Bikes are cool and make people happy. That is all.

    Premier Icon cjr61
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    Good to hear that i’m not alone then!

    THANKS ALL

    I cant wheelie very well, maybe 7/8 metres at best, but hops and manualing are no problem!

    one piece of advice I was given, was to go to a soft area of grass or similar, and just practice looping out of the back wheel. It will get you used to jumping of and you wont be scared of it.

    I really should put on some flat pedals and practice!

    Premier Icon jimmy
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    After watching this the other day, I went out to practise the other day on the cycle path near me – uphill on the way out for wheelies, coming back for manuals. Needless to say, my wheelies aren’t bad if I cherry pick the top 10% efforts, my manuals are terrible, however. Seems a lot harder on a 27.5 bike, this being the first concentrated effort since 26″ wheels.

    I’d like to say I’m determined to persist.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    Straight arms also helps.

    Premier Icon cjr61
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    Right,

    Straight arms
    Rear brake
    Practice

    Won’t get practice today but will report back!

    Premier Icon ahwiles
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    don’t forget : saddle down a bit (but not too much)

    steel4real
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    I signed up for the Ryan Leech 30 day wheelie challenge 3 months ago – did the first 7 days and then haven’t tried since. As Ryan states ‘ the biggest challenge is ensuring you practise every day’ I failed completely. May go back to it if I can organise myself.

    They way he has broken the steps down seems really good though. Eg in the early steps you are learning to use the back brake so that you know how to prevent a loop out.

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Interesting video from that bloke who learnt to wheelie and manual. About 12 hours of practice, with an hour each day, I think it took him to learn. So you have about 11hrs to go 🙂

    Premier Icon TomB
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    Don’t look at the he bars/front wheel, but look up towards the horizon. I was amazed what a difference this one tip made for me. YMMV obviously.

    Premier Icon cjr61
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    Thanks for the advice everyone. Ready to get practicing!

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