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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:48 pm 
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i can only hold it for about 2-3 seconds.
never really bothered to perfect the skill.

i consider my balance pretty good (i can wait for a green light like a boss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAvEnZKfxQE )

been on a bike since i was 5ish. i'm now almost 29.
is this a bad thing?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:50 pm 
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used to wheelie for 100s of yrds as a teenager, both sitting on the saddle, and honking. Haven't tried it recently, I'm past that now, 34


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:07 pm 
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Similar story here, I just never got right up to the balance point. I would usually start my wheelies at around 10MPH and keep (power)shifting until I ran out of gears.

I must admit that I haven't pulled a wheelie in quite some time though. I'm getting too old for that stuff.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:24 pm 
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i'm guessing that the 'show off' type wheelies have no real purpose in trail experience, other than honing your balance skills, but i guess riding trails would help do this anyway.

i see scummy chaps on BSO full sussers doing these along the coast all the time and feel a little like i should be able to do that - but then always question if they'd last 2 minutes on a trail ride... :P


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:37 pm 
retrobike rider
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chavscum can wheelie like a boss.

I've never been able to wheelie an MTB, could do a BMX as a kid but only sitting down. Manuals look cool but I can't do them either.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:50 pm 
retrobike rider
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I cannot resist wheelieing wherever possible! Always good fun when you're going past kids on the back wheel too, they seem to enjoy it


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:51 pm 
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Last time I tried one I snapped the bars in half..this diet aint working


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:08 pm 
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If i wanted to ride with one wheel i would ride a uni-cycle.
Bunny hops are more fun and you never know when you need to 'hop' some thing


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:43 pm 
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I wonder if the people who are decrying wheelies are doings so because they are rubbish at them :?: :lol:

Lets have someone who can wheelie and manual like a king say it's overrated.:wink:

Me, I can do enough to get my front wheel over trail obstacles , but not much more. :oops: I would love to be able to manual. Even pushing forty I still think it's proper cool. 8) :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:53 pm 
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I can't remember the last one I tries one. I used to be good at them but as with a lot of things as you get older "the fear" starts to set in. And since going back to clipless I think trying would be an error.

I could never really manual though, this guy can

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZahZu9KoZa8


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