Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Boston, MA
Bikes: 2011 Cinelli Histogram, 2008 Redline 925, 1986 Haro Master (original owner, too!), GT (mtn/off-road. It's old. Don't know the model name)
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One trick to learning them is keeping your front wheel locked at a given angle, to the best extent you can. If you are altering the angle of your front tire a lot, it will be constantlly changing the circumfrence of your circle. In turn, this will also make your center of gravity / balance point move all over the place. The result, is instability. When you are first learning them, try to remove as many variables a you can. Pick a circle diameter that feels natural, and try to keep your speed the same every time you try it. Also try to keep your posture the same. At this point, all your left with is how much you lean to one side or the other. Once you start to find the "sweet spot" THEN you can really start messing around speed and the size of the circle, etc.
And as someone else already said, the biggest key is to relax.