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Old 06-02-08, 05:15 PM
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wheelie tips

I know there are other wheelie threads but no one discusses/discussed technique beyond "push down, pull up, lean back." I understand that is essentially the only technique, but I would appreciate others' views on refining it. I have no problem popping it up, but I generally can't hold the wheelie for more than 2 revolutions without falling back down. And that's on a good try, usually I end up hopping off the back.

So, any tips on balance and positioning, etc?
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Old 06-02-08, 05:17 PM
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better/morepowerful/moreeven spin.

not that i can do them: i can't.
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Old 06-02-08, 06:56 PM
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set up your feet as if you were about to skid, with your dominant foot forward then crank down hard and at the same time pull up. put your body close to the bars and use your bod movement to torque your arms up and keep pedaling. it seems much harder to me on a road bike because youre so far forward, so i say practice on a mountain bike because thats the most similar you will get. bmxs are too differnet
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Old 06-02-08, 08:45 PM
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it also helps to look ahead instead of looking at your wheel during the wheelie
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Old 06-02-08, 09:27 PM
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practice more, you just need to learn your balance on your bikes one wheel
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Old 06-02-08, 10:16 PM
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lower the air pressure a little, and DONT use clip in pedals
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Old 06-02-08, 10:21 PM
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i was doing wheelies while clipped in and finally i fell backwards (unable to unclip)... my brooks got bent. now I don't do wheelies.
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Old 06-02-08, 10:25 PM
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Learn to pop your bike up no handed while riding. To do so:

-Pedal at a decent speed
-STAY CLIPPED IN, it helps. You may need to loosen your straps.
-Lean back in your saddle
-Keep shoulders and back straight
-Put your arms out, level
-As your dominant foot is coming to 11pm, push hard and lean back, bring your bars to your hands without leaning forward.
-Catch the bars and look forward
-Practice

Doing so shows you that you don't need to use your arms to bring your bike up. Once you get this, try it one-handed. It's super easy.

You really shouldn't PULL UP at all. Just use your legs to do the work!
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Old 06-02-08, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by dervish View Post
practice more, you just need to learn your balance on your bikes one wheel


not trying be a jerk. just saying.
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Old 06-02-08, 11:47 PM
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ride among us... best name ever.
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I can wheelie the shat out of my bmx bike, I tried doing it on my Bianchi on a midnight ride with clipless and it didn't go to well. (=
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There's your wheelie. Hope you get enough points from it to buy a new fork.
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Just pull in the clutch, give it a bunch of throttle and let the clutch out .. keep the back brake covered and keep your back straight.... no, wait, wrong forum.
I can't wheelie a bicycle .. I lament that fact every day, at every light, every time I try
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Old 06-03-08, 07:05 AM
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There's your wheelie. Hope you get enough points from it to buy a new fork.
Yeah, but I bet the ladies swoon when he lands it properly, making it totally worth one broken fork IMO. Some things are just fun, even though they don't make any sense .. butt sex for example.
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Old 06-03-08, 08:46 AM
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wheelies are easy!!! im trying to learn these twirly things https://youtube.com/watch?v=-YpfXEwpJPY
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Old 06-03-08, 08:53 AM
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I appreciate all the tips, I've been following most of them, I'm just having problems with balance... if my bike pops out from under me, I'm leaning back too far? Or I'm applying too much torque and not leaning far back enough?
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I don't know about bicycles .. but I know one of the most important things on a motorbike is to keep your body upright when you bring it up .. this makes your upper body kind of a pendulum. If you're upright when you pop it up, you can use your body to lean forward and backward to keep the bike balanced. If your body positioning is wrong you end up putting it back down (too much weight forward) or going off the back. So, as it comes up your body remains vertical (in relation to the ground).
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Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
I appreciate all the tips, I've been following most of them, I'm just having problems with balance... if my bike pops out from under me, I'm leaning back too far? Or I'm applying too much torque and not leaning far back enough?
could be a combination of both. if your spin is jerky it's going to throw the bike out from under you.
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Old 06-03-08, 07:13 PM
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By staying more upright and starting off with a little more speed, along with torquing by pushing "out" rather than slamming down I am consistently getting one full revolution effortless, and I did 1.5 within 40 minutes of practicing, so I think I'm getting it down.
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Old 06-03-08, 07:14 PM
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horray progress
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i've been at it for about a month now. previous to this i have never attempted a wheelie on any kind of bike i've ridden (bmx, mtb etc). im geeked to able to say that i am now capable of pulling a wheelie pretty much at will on my track bike. longest so far- about 2 blocks (straight line). most of the credit due to this guy:


"Re: wheelie questions
Hey! Thanks for the commentary. The secret is in the braking traction. The balance lateral is also very important, but the most important thing is to find the point of perfect balance.

First you have to get the point of balance Between the fall rear, and the fall front.

If doing the wheelie, the bicycle opts to fall backwards, what you need to do is slow down with the bicycle pedals and if opts to fall forward, you have to do is to accelerate, always looking for the point of perfect balance. All of this together with the lateral balance.

First you have to learn to know curb with the pedals and leaning the bike at the point of perfect balance. Watch this video: https://es.youtube.com/watch?v=ePq0czLHMZs

At the end of the video, the bicycle braking traction. This is the perfect balance backwards and slowing with the pedals.

Once ayas learned to slow down and get the point of perfect balance, Everything else is practice and practice.

Thanks you

Greetings from Spain "



him in action:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=TzDEGYZwiWY




edit: dont know why ive never noticed it before, but dudes gotta be running something close to a 1:1 ratio.
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Old 06-03-08, 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by smp22 View Post
Yeah, but I bet the ladies swoon when he lands it properly, making it totally worth one broken fork IMO. Some things are just fun, even though they don't make any sense .. butt sex for example.
hahaha best response yet! the end all answer to tricks on a track bike!
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