How to Manual a Bike





Introduction: How to Manual a Bike

About: I like to bike and downhill.

Hardtail or full suspension, you can manual any bike, with a little help from me. pardon the horrible drawings...

Step 1: Prep.

Make sure the bike fits you well before trying this. too big, good luck getting the wheel off the ground. too small, you go over backwards.

Step 2: Starting

OK, have your feet in a neutral position, have your strong foot in front. Stand in the way you would coast, standing partly over the handle bars.

Step 3: Doing It!

so after you are in neutral position, lean forward violently, then pull back on your handle bars. use your brakes to slow or speed yourself up. Remember: Manuals are NOT wheelies. wheelies use pedaling to move, manuals use momentum. you can also cheat by pedaling yourself up to manual position, but leaning is easier.

Step 4: The Manual

after you have fallen a few times you should have it down. Yee-Hah!



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    13 Discussions

    Hey, this is a great instructable and is very informative. Just one thing is missing... pictures! It really helps a lot when trying to follow directions so you should consider taking some photographs. Once you do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks! Thanks for the cool instructable and we hope to publish this soon!

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    the only problem is that he would have to ave someone take the pictures while he was moving, making the pictures blurry. So i guess a video is the solution

    Nah all you gotta do is use a high-ish shutter speed or auto mode on a bright day should help for low end cameras... i had more trouble with focusing, my brother couldn't get it to focus fast enough for the job...

    *Offtopic* Try focusing on a spot where the bike will be passing by pressing the shutter button halfway and holding it. Then when the bike passes press it all the way.

    It wasn't me doing it and the camera was pretty poor at focusing and staying focused on some stuff, such as tarmac for some reason...

    To do a manual u have to lean back a little and peddle forward hard if the bike isnt to small 4 u or to big 4 u.

     i don't really mean to be a killjoy, but you forgot to draw the helmet.

    one good tip is set goals. go to a parking lot a manual a few spaces , get that down then do some more. next thing you know you'll be flying down town main street full speed for blocks. - very fun

    you forgot to mention bending and straightening your legs to move you balance point back or forward. Watch any long, especially slower, manuals and they end up flexing their knees like crazy to keep that "sweet spot"

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