Mountain Biking Riding Skills

Get Better at Wheelies in 1 Day: Tips and Techniques

Mistakes to Avoid

Learning how to do a wheelie can be a daunting task, but with the right technique and practice, anyone can master this impressive skill. However, many people make common mistakes that hinder their progress. Here are some of the most common mistakes to avoid:

  • Using the wrong gear: Whether it’s too hard or too easy, being in the wrong gear can prevent you from achieving the necessary torque to lift the front wheel or cause you to spin out too quickly.
  • Looking down at the front tire: Keeping your head down while attempting a wheelie shifts your weight forward and decreases your chances of successfully lifting the front wheel.
  • T-Rex arms: Instead of keeping your arms locked, pulling with your arms and bringing them in during a wheelie is a common mistake that can lead to losing balance and potentially causing an accident.

Proper Technique

Now that you know what mistakes to avoid, let’s dive into the proper technique for executing a wheelie:

  1. Always cover your rear brake: This is rule number one for any wheelie or manual. Having your finger over the rear brake allows you to tap it or grab it if you start to go too high or lose control.
  2. Foot position: When approaching a wheelie, have your front foot at the 12 o’clock position and your bottom foot at the 6 o’clock position. This position provides a stable base for initiating the wheelie.
  3. Seat height: Finding the right seat height is crucial for maintaining balance during a wheelie. Having the seat too low or too high can negatively affect stability. Aim for a mid-height seat position that allows your knees to bend slightly without locking out.
  4. Arms extended: Keep your arms fully extended throughout the wheelie. This posture provides better balance and control, preventing you from tipping over.

Mastering the Wheelie

Now that you understand the proper technique, it’s time to put it into practice and start mastering the wheelie. Here are some tips:

  1. Start with some pre-coaching wheelies: Before receiving any coaching, attempt some wheelies to assess your current technique. Pay attention to your butt position, head position, and arm position.
  2. Always cover the rear brake: As mentioned earlier, this is crucial for your safety. Make it a habit to keep your finger over the rear brake at all times.
  3. Perfect your timing: Timing is key when it comes to lifting the front wheel during a wheelie. Coordinate the extension of your arms with the start of your pedal stroke to achieve the desired lift.
  4. Focus on head position: Keep your head up and select a distant point to look at as a reference. This helps maintain balance and prevents you from leaning too far forward.
  5. Practice, practice, practice: Becoming proficient at wheelies takes time and practice. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t succeed immediately. Keep practicing and refining your technique.


Learning how to do a wheelie can be a challenging but rewarding endeavour. By avoiding common mistakes and following the proper technique, you can improve your wheelie skills over time. Remember to always cover your rear brake, maintain the correct foot and seat positions, and extend your arms for optimal balance. With consistent practice and dedication, you’ll be performing impressive wheelies in no time. So grab your bike, find an open space, and start practicing!

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Best winter seasonaire Insurance

Insurance is a must when travelling, especially going Skiing or Snowboarding where the chance of injury is higher. And with the cost of being airlifted and rescue services in the mountains, it will cost you tens of thousands if you need assistance.

I have been on countless seasons and have tried all the best companies I have found. For the past few years, I have tended to go for one company and that company is ERV.

10% off with the code ‘BONDRINGO10’

ERV have been pretty much always the cheapest Insurence I could find. But it is not all about price with health insurance as you need to be fully covered. Thankfully ERV covers everything I need including park riding and Off piste without a guide.

The reason I am recommending ERV is that I had to claim for medical expenses from them a couple of years ago and it went without a hitch. Unlike other companies I have tried to claim from there was no fuss, no prolonging and pointless forms and phone calls. ERV straight up paid

ERV straight up paid for the helicopter, surgery and all other expenses including a private ambulance back home after getting released from hospital!

The best thing about ERV is that they actually cover you for a whole season, unlike Other companies that have maximum 30 or 60-day cover. You can find the Seasonaire cover page here

And because I thanked them for their service they have given me and all you guys 10% off with the code BONDRINGO10

So check them out next time you go away for a reliable Winter sports Insurance.

Had any good or bad experiences with Insurance companies? Let us know in the comments.


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