Against most people’s beliefs, we
have found good success in stopping
the front wheel with the front brake as
soon as the wheel leaves the ground.
It may be a bit more twitchy, but you
can master the manipulation of the
bike faster, and, of course, practice!
Learn to Wheelie
in 30 Days
There are plenty of tricks you can learn on your bike, but a wheelie is near the top of everyone’s list. Our resident test rider, Spencer “Wheelie King” Rathkamp, is an expert when it comes to popping wheelies. Check out
these steps to learn to wheelie.
It’s More Than
A slight uphill is ideal and makes it
much easier to learn how to wheelie.
Downward push: In a quick
snap, crank forward on the
pedals, focusing on moving
your sprint foot going downwards. At the same time, lean
your weight from over the
handlebars to the back wheel.
You shouldn’t have to pull up
on the handlebars, because the
pedal stroke will get the front
wheel off the ground if done
Find a place to practice: Ideally,
you want to choose a surface that
is forgiving in the likely event that
you have a minor crash. Dirt or
grass are great options for softer
crash pads but can be a little more
difficult to control the bike with the
front wheel off the ground.
Find out what pedal you push
hardest with: Practice doing
a sprint from a standstill. The
foot you first crank with will be
the foot you first crank with in a
wheelie as well.
Prep time: Get rolling at a slow
speed, elbows up, with your
fingers resting on the brake
Drop your saddle: Slightly lower
your saddle. This will help when
popping the front wheel up and
with finding the balance point.
Find the right gear: Everyone
does wheelies differently. We
recommend a lighter gear to
spin faster. This allows for easy
adjustments once the front
wheel is off the ground.
Momentum: Keep the bike rolling
and the front wheel in the air by
continuing with a smooth pedal
stroke. Try not to come to a stop.
Feather the brake: To ensure
you don’t loop out (flip over backwards), keep your finger on the
rear brake while applying some
pressure. It’s best to always have
the rear brake slightly applied for