Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Norfolk, England
Bikes: Orbea Enol roadie, Fly Micromachine BMX, Fort Track fixed
Wheelies are actually not easy to do on a BMX, due to the low seat hight. That's the difference between wheelies and manuals; with wheelies, you're sitting and pedalling, but with manuals, you're standing up and just rolling. To be honest wheelies suck, it's what little kids do to impress their mates. Manuals are much cooler, and more useful in freestyle, but they are actually very hard to learn. It's basically a matter of just practicing EVERY time you go out on your bike, and eventually you'll get it. Just stand on your pedals, knees slightly bent, and all at once, pull your hands up, push your hips and feet forwards and pull your body backwards. Try not to touch your back brake, the front will drop straight away. Adjust the bend of your knees to control your balance (by moving your bodyweight back and forth), and lean your shoudlers to one side or the other to turn. If your speed starts to drop, you can put in a little pedal kick to keep going. Hope that helps.