Soon after you start riding a mountain bicycle, you might be able to know why most riders cannot confine themselves in taking on rough terrains and smooth trails only. Doing wheelies with MTBs is one of the most familiar and pursued stunts bikers often tend to. If you are already a fan of this activity or still unaware of it, you will find it interesting to perform a wheelie in front of your friends, many of who might already know how to do one.
What is a wheelie?
It is one of the highly adopted vehicle acrobatics. A special type of vehicle maneuver, this stunt involves that your bike’s front wheel come off the surface/ ground owing to sufficient torque being enforced to your bike’s rear wheel, or your motion relative to your bike.
Is it only a stunt, just to entertain people?
Well, you might consider this action as one of your entertaining activities, but it is practically more than that.
Some mountain bikers seem to believe they cannot just carry on their rides without actually learning wheelies. Many riders seem more serious about wheelies with a belief that mountain biking becomes monotonous and somewhat next to impossible without wheelies.
If you demonstrate your capability of doing awesome wheelies, no doubt, your friends or viewers would applaud your skills. However, the skill becomes genuinely useful when you cruise through terrains full of obstacles and rough hindrances.
With controlled and precisely performed wheelies, you can enjoy your mountain biking moments with more grace and comfort.
This skill becomes critical to your riding experiences when you have a mountain bike that comes with average braking system with not so many bells and whistles.
However, a wheelie cannot be directly associated with any of your serious physical improvements.
Already learnt enough about the importance? Feeling like you need to learn the trick real quick? Keep reading……
Which bikes are suitable?
Nowadays, there are lots of bicycles designed for allowing bikers to ride on a wide variety of surfaces and perform some delicate and common stunts. For a wheelie, you will find numerous bikes. However, a mountain bike with lightweight alloy frame, good front-suspension system and well-designed crankset can easily increase your chances with perfect and comfortable wheelies.
Once you have got enthusiastic about doing a wheelie, you have two ways to follow. You can perform either a wheelie or a manual or both.
Difference between a manual and a wheelie
Using the pedals is the only differential activity between the two. If you perform the stunt while remaining seated and keeping pedaling, it will be a wheelie. On the contrary, if you avoid pedaling, it will be a manual.
Follow these two steps before you call yourself ready to start
Now, take a deep breath and get started.
Wishing to perform a manual? Keep reading once again
Make sure you are already good at doing wheelies because a manual will require you to have proper control over each of your actions.
Dos and don’ts of a wheelie
You can do a wheelie quite comfortably. Now what?
While a wheelie offers you immense pleasure if you can perform one quite smoothly and comfortably, you cannot expect to utilize the actual physics for your advantage in a day or two. After learning the basics, you can easily perform one or two or even more almost properly, but you must keep practicing for perfection which really takes time and patience. In addition, you must not leave your safety concerns because a wheelie is never more valuable than your physical safety.