- Why can't I manual?
am I just rubbish?
was trying it for about 30 minutes before and just can’t get the front end in the air
had all my weight as far over the back wheel as possible, heels down, arms straight
maybe I just haven’t got the weight, I’m 11.5 stone and I’m trying to do it on a patriotPosted 7 years agoCougarSubscriber
After reading another thread on here, I managed to manual after many years of being crap. Thing is, I can only manage a few inches(*). I see these people with their front wheel a foot in the air so effortlessly and it makes me want to pack it all in and take up golf. Dunno whether it’s technique or just not giving it enough umphf or what. Maybe it’s just the curse of us 11-stone weaklings.
(* fnarr fnarr, quack)Posted 7 years agodavidtaylforthMember
This isnt really advice in a direct sense, but Orange Patriots are absolutely shite for manuals. A hardtail or bmx is what you want (although buying a bike jsut to learn manuals seems a bit daft)
Most proper race dh bikes I’ve tried manuals on have been easier than an Orange PatriotPosted 7 years ago
do what jedi says, if that doesn’t work, try it again.
if you’re really getting nowhere – get a smaller bike*.
my mountain bikes are really hard work to manual, my bmx is a piece of pi55 – all i have to do is lean back a bit and the front wheel lifts up.
seriously, buy yourself a bmx. you’ll be amazed how much you learn so quickly without really trying.
(*do you ride a cross-country-gate?)Posted 7 years agoU31
I can’t manual ‘cos I’m rubbish
And it ain’t because of my Patriot, Ed O’s son had a go on my bike at Lee Quarry pump track and instantly put me to shame…Posted 7 years ago
That lil’ bugger is awesome on a bike now, so god help us all when he’s older!
Oh and I usually feel like I am going back, feather the brake and slam down. I never feel like I get a sweet spot where I will stay balanced. I find it easy to get the front up, coast for 2-5 meters then feel like I am going over the back, brakes on and its all over too soon.Posted 7 years ago
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