yea, a back pedaling motion.
I start off with both pedals completely parallel to the ground, but as you lift the front of the bike up, the pedals have an angle to it. And sometimes, i will accidentally backpedal because of it, anyone here ever have this problem?
practice, some people will pick itup easier than others, i could do it almost straight away, and some of my friends still cant do it that well.
just set yourself a target to do, like one carparking space and extend when you have reached your target.
but thats what i did. look for a few sidewalk squares that have growth coming out and then try for those. it makes a pretty distinct start/stop point.
and just continually expand your goals. get bigger and bigger each time you meet one.
When i manual, i look down at my handelbars. Everyone i ask says to look straight ahead, but when i do that, i dont know when im gonna flip. Anyone else look down at their handelbars and is that keeping me from manualing far?
first of all, it's easier to learn on a mountain bike.
Once you learn to go at least 6 feet, anything under that should be pure instinct. After that, you have to stay in the most uncomfortable position possible. I'm talking, the most uncomfortable position you can find that still works.
I don't do much wheeling on BMX anymore, but one a mountain bike, once you get up you have to have your arms completely straight. With your elbows ALMOST locked, and keep your knees in. That way, it's easier to balance because your knees are closer to the middle, and easier to adjust. Then if you start going one way, just pull a knee out a lil bit. This is sitting down on a mt bike of course...
Today I was riding my gary fisher, I stopped before this bridge and was in 1-1 gear. I started to do a wheelie, (first time in awhile on this bike) well any ways I probably got a good 10 feet in. The funny thing was, the first 5 feet my front was only up about 7 inches. Motorcycles can wheelie by using there weight and the engine can hold them up 2 inches from the ground if they wanted to. Bicycling, it's all about balance/pedaling.
Like I said, I haven't BMX'd in a while, but that's what I have learned from it. I hope to be able to go as long as I want some day.