When you were a kid you probably saw other kids
doing fun stunts or tricks like popping wheelies. You may
associate this with a bike stunt and nothing more. The truth is
that these bike stunts are great skills to have when riding a
bike. Here are the basics for learning these bike tricks for use
in your own personal cycling.
When beginning to learn this stunt, I recommend trying it on a
softer surface like grass. Protective gear isn't a bad idea
- Start out riding in a low gear at an easy
- Bring your weight backwards to where your
rear wheel is centered on the ground.
- While pulling sharply back on the
handlebars, push down on the pedals. This will lift your
wheel off the ground. If you don't pull hard enough your
wheel won't rise or will drop immediatley back down.
This does take some practice.
- To drop your wheelie, simply move forward
with your weight back onto your seat.
This is used for jumping small obstacles in your path. It is
great for road cycling or mountain biking.
- While on level ground and riding slowly
come out of the saddle. While standing you want to keep your
pedals even to each other.
- Keeping your weight off the back wheel,
push down on the pedals and handlebar and then pull both up
smoothly. Your bike will rise sharply and smoothly,
returning fairly quickly to the ground.
For larger obstacles, you can use this stunt to help you prevent
damage to your bike or person.
- This doesn't vary too much from a
wheelie, except that it's done at a faster pace and for
differing reasons. So go more quickly and pull back on the
handlebars to lift them, like the wheelie.
- As you reach the other side of the
obstacle, push back on the pedals and lean forward with your
- As your front wheel clears the obstacle,
your rear wheel will rise to clear the obstacle. If you do
this right, neither wheel will actually touch the obstacle.
- Once the front wheel is down, begin
pedaling to help you clear the obstacle.