Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Los Angeles
Bikes: 2014 Kona Unit, 2016 Surly Cross Check SS
Wheelies and manuals question
Total noob here, just getting into mountain biking. Been riding bikes on and off since I was a kid but admittedly, one thing I never learned was how to do a wheelie!
So, I'm watching this video I found through another thread here--very informative.
I get to "pedal wheelies" (at 19.41) and manuals (22:30), and decide I gotta learn that, so I go out to the fire road behind my house today to practice, and man, I just can't get the front of my bike up in any significant fashion. I feel like I'm really having to jerk it up with all my gusto even to get a split second of a few inches of air under the front wheel, while these guys make it look incredibly easy, like they're just tipping back so effortlessly (I think I dislocated my scapula I was yanking so hard
Could it have anything to do with rider weight? I'm a scrawny 5'7", 132lbs. Riding a 27.5" hardtail. I'm putting my weight back behind the saddle as they describe--is it more difficult if one is lightweight? Could it be the set up of my saddle (i.e. too far back to begin with?). I'll keep at it, but if there's any secrets, I'd love to hear 'em!
Last edited by pbass; 01-23-14 at 07:32 PM.