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Wheelies safe to do on a roadbike?

Old 10-12-19, 07:21 AM
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Wheelies safe to do on a roadbike?

I have a Louis Garneau bike (Made in Canada) with very skinny 23mm tires (100 psi min/145 psi max). The tires run true.

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I was wondering if the rims could handle the drop out of the wheelie. Apparently, these rims are decent quality, but I'd rather not risk it unless I know it can be done without damage.
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Personally I'd be more worried about the handlebars stabbing me, if I were to bang down hard enough to be concerned about the rims.
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
Personally I'd be more worried about the handlebars stabbing me, if I were to bang down hard enough to be concerned about the rims.
Good point! Though I've never been in a situation where this could happen on my setup. I did however see a video of a BMXer who had a very close call.

My handlebars are extremely strong; a few days ago I was using all my mite to bend them in a little—they didn't budge. Also, the bars are shaped in such a way, and angle, that this could not realistically happen. But, one never fully knows, so I will fill the hole in my brakeless bar for a little extra assurance; it's easy enough to do.
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Yes, if you do it properly...
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Yeah, it will be fine. Coming down off a wheelie isn't too rough on a wheel. Usually there's almost no weight behind it. Even if you shift your weight for whatever reason and put it down hard, that's the kind of thing wheels are made to withstand. Hitting a curb or something like that would put a lot more force against the rim.
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Only if you're Peter Sagan.
He's quite the rider. Saw a vid of him doing a hands-free wheelie and eating a cookie whilst talking to a crowd and racing. Wouldn't surprise me if he added juggling to that.

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The circus is looking for their bike
And I suppose you'd be the clown riding it?
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And I suppose you'd be the clown riding it?
I'd surely look the part on that thing but I don't have any trick skills worth paying to watch
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I'd surely look the part on that thing but I don't have any trick skills worth paying to watch
The good thing about kids is that if you do fall, they are even more amused!

Actually, I work with kindergarten kids. I was thinking of showing them a couple of tricks after the long weekend ad before it gets too cold. I'll let you guys know how it goes if you're interested.
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