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How to do a 5m Wheelie on a Mountain Bike - Our Step By Step Guide

“Everyone loves wheelies, they make a steady ride a lot more fun!” - Ed Clancy

Take a look at Ed’s demo video and then check out our step by step guide below.

Step 1

Check your conditions & equipment.  It’s best to practice wheelies on grass and on a mountain bike rather than a road bike.  Keep your saddle a bit lower than usual, stay in a low gear, always wear a helmet and keep your finger hovering over your back brake!

Wheelie Demo - Step 1

Step 2

Ride along slowly in a straight line in a low gear. Crouch forward slightly in preparation of throwing your weight back.

Wheelie Demo - Step 2

Step 3

Simultaneously throw your weight back, vigorously pull up on the bars and pedal hard. This should hopefully bring the front wheel up off the ground.

Wheelie Demo - Step 3

Step 4

Continue to pedal hard until you feel yourself coming up to a balance point, once you approach this balance point you can modulate the pressure on the pedals to maintain the wheelie height. Always keep a finger on your back brake so if the wheelie does go too high you can always save it with your back brake!

Wheelie Demo - Step 4

What Next?

Wheelies along with Bunny Hops, ramps and other obstacles are all part of our kids cycling classes at the Doncaster Cycle Track and Ranby House School in Retford.

If you’d like to get your kids signed up, visit our Academy page to book.

Find out more about our classes:




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