A wild manual at shopping mall

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I’ve found it hard to find a good how-to for the manual (coasting wheelie). The point is how much you can move your body in order to actively control the forward/backward balance. If the front end goes up too high, you need to thrust your body forward to lower it. If the front end drops too low, you want to pull back your hip while also kicking your feet forward. You could adjust the balance by tapping on the brake or pedaling, but keep it for the emergency only because it slows your progress if you rely on it.

This clip is an extreme example, but it nonetheless shows what actions are taken while I was manualing over an uneven terrain. Hope it helps.

Nose Manual

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It’s a real short clip of a nose manual, a trick that has been booming in the BMX world recently.

Though it may be scary to try, there is so much you can learn from this trick as to how much control you can have on your bike. Just as in regular manuals, it makes your progress three times as much if you try not to rely on the brake.

Throw your video game out of the window

With the Internet becoming bigger and bigger, there seem to be more and more “Show me tips for this bike stunt trick” messages. I hate them.

Here is the ultimate tip; RIDE HARD!! Repetitive practice is the key to precise body movement no matter what activity you do, bike riding, driving, playing guitars, you name it. Scientists say it takes some thousands of repetition till your muscles and nerves learn to cooperate without thinking. Then after that thousands of bunnyhops you know the tips, which you wouldn’t be able to understand before the sweaty times. It’s not like video games where you’ll find cool items, books or wise old dudes here and there.

I know nobody wants to waste time and effort on wrong practice, but no, nothing is wrong. Any goofy practices or silly jocky efforts count at last, as long as you don’t give in. You see people who try some new kind of sports and start as an expert, right? That’s the same mechanism, not the talent, but the amount of sweaty efforts in their background. The “tips” messages sound noisy probably for the lack of respect for that efforts part. What you think you can’t do is just what you never put enough effort in, don’t you think?

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