In case you missed Nicks' round 6 of @chriskingbuzz ‘s #GlobalGameofBike on IG this spring, follow along on a wheelie how to with step by steps below... Don’t forget, always wear a helmet!
1: Find a nice grassy area that is flat to slightly uphill for practice.
2: Gearing: Start mid-range of your cassette- about a 30 tooth. ⚙️
3: Pedal forward to gain momentum and initiate a front wheel lift (using your pedal stroke vs just pulling back).
4: Sit back over the rear wheel, and open up your torso - straight arms is 🔑 !
5: Set your gaze slightly forward of your front wheel and pedal forward.
If you start to go over backwards, use your rear brake to bring your front wheel down. Overtime, experiment with modulating the rear brake to find the “sweet spot” for balance. Don’t be afraid to turn your bars as well as move your knees to correct for side to side imbalances as well! To be specific, if you’re falling to the right, to correct back to center, turn your handlebars to the left and perhaps wing out your left knee. It’s a delicate balance of small movements to keep you from falling side to side, but with practice, it will come!
Remember, consistent, regular practice is key!
Bonus points: Cowboy wheelie! Once you’ve nailed the wheelie, try taking a hand off the bars! 🐎
Got questions? Send them over!