This week I build something to help me learn how to manual a mountain bike! I've been wanting to learn how to manual for about a year and I thought it's finally time for me to learn....with some help.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Step 2: Measure Your Bike
The first step was to measure the length of the bike to know what size to cut my 2x6 to. My bike is about 6ft long so I thought I'd leave it 8 ft long and use the extra 2 feet to keep it from tipping back.
Step 3: Cut Some 2x4s
I started off by cutting one of my 2x4s into 4 2ft lengths.
Step 4: Mark the Center
Then I marked the center of the 2x6 and the 2x4 pieces.
Step 5: Screw Down Outriggers
I screwed a pair of 2x4s at either end of my 2x6, making sure to line up my center marks.
Step 6: Cut More 2x4s
I then cut 4 more 2ft lengths of 2x4 to make my wheel retention system.
Step 7: Pocket Holes
I then attached those together with pocket holes to make a couple of Ls.
Step 8: Attach Ls to Base
Using my table I lined up the L with the edge of the 2x6 and then screwed them on through the bottom. Then I repeated the same on the other side, making sure the Ls were parallel.
Step 9: Tie the Ls Together
I cut a 5.5" piece of 2x4 and used it to tie together the top of the Ls.
Step 10: Tire Stop Block
I cut a tiny piece of 2x4 to screw in about an inch and a half before the tire to keep it from rolling too far forward.
Step 11: Backplate
You can really use whatever you want to do this, I just used this 5.5" piece of 2x4 to keep the tire from rolling back too far.
Step 12: Cut Even More 2x4s
I measured out a couple of 2.5" lengths of 2x4 to use as additional outriggers to keep the manual machine stable.
Step 13: Screw on the Outriggers
I screwed these on right underneath where the back wheel of the bike goes.
Step 14: You're Done, Now Go Practice!
That's it your manual machine is done, now go practice! Additionally, you could add a strap to the front of it to keep your wheel from going to high, but I chose not to do that.