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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.

Conclusion

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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How to do drops on a mountain bike

How do you drop on a mountain bike?

This is a question many people ask when progressing to the ‘scarier’ side of Mountain biking.  Everyone goes through this stage where they want to push their riding and so some of the gnarlier things, Phil Kmetz has the best ways to get you cruising off drops and impressing your mates.

Check out this video and if you have any questions then ask us below.

 

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How to do drop offs on a Mountain Bike

This is how to Drop off on a Mountain Bike from mountain bike extreme.

So you should start off small for this and work your way up, Start maybe no a kerb and then a large kerb and work your way up to bigger and bigger features as your confidence grows.

  1. So as you approach the drop you want to be compressing into the bike, sucking your legs up but staying nice and balanced. Do not be tempted to lean back as this will just though you completely off. Check out the stance that I outlined in this tutorial and you be fine.
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  3. So you are nice and compressed, now as you are just going over the lip of the drop, you want to push down on your bike and push it into the ground. This will minimise the amount of time you are in the air and will give you loads of room in your legs and arms to absorb the landing.
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  5. Try to land flat but if anything you should touch your back wheel down slightly before to absorb the impact even more, especially for larger drop offs.
  6. Ride away happy and once you are happy on that size drop try a bigger one!
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How to do a wheelie – Mountain Biking

This is How to do a Wheelie on a mountain bike. A very good tutorial from ZEP MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMPS.

This trick is all about timing and balance, if you persevere then you will nail it for sure. You should try this trick on a soft surface like grass in and wide open area.

  1. The first thing is getting the front wheel off the ground to initiate the wheelie. You need to use your body weight to get the wheel up and not just by pulling on your arms. So preload by getting your chest closer to the handlebars, and then explode by chucking your weight backwards behind the seat, this will bring your front wheel up off the ground. Practice this till you get the timing right and can consistently get your front wheel 10-20cm’s off the ground without your peddles.
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  3. Next you need to move on to the peddle kick, this where you generate more power in the back wheel to force the front wheel up. So as you are coasting along you want to get your dominant foot in a position that you can kick down hard on the peddle.
  4. How to mountain bike wheelie kick

  5. Now it is all about timing, you need to push down on your peddle as soon as you have chucked you weight backwards, so just before your arms are straight from throwing your weight back you need to push down on your peddle, this is when you have the most momentum pulling your wheel up in the air.
  6. Now that you have got the wheel in the air, there are two things that you may need to do. If you feel like you are going to fall off the back of the bike you can dab the rear brake to bring the front down. If the front wheel isn’t coming up high enough then you can keep peddling or you can shift your weight further back over the rear wheel, if neither of these work then you may need to work on your timing of your peddle kick.
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  8. Cool so now you are doing a wheelie, throughout the wheelie you can utilize the techniques in the previous step you keep going for as long as you want!