Learning How to Manual

Discussion in 'The Fire Pit' started by jeniwages, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. Earlier today I posted on the Facebook Page:

    It's Fall break for the schools here which means I can use the local elementary school's field and parking lot to practice this. I am determined to get it by the end of the week!

    How to do a Manual Front Wheel Lift
    The manual is a useful skill for lofting your front wheel over an obstacle. Yes, lofting as opposed to lifting Once you know how to manual you will start to see the trail completely differently.
  2. Day 1
    Not successful. Unfortunately the school does not have cell service so I couldn't pull up a video which I needed. I was not getting the move to shift my weight back.
    Now I am thinking I should master a wheelie first. I tried this as well but couldn't get my wheel up.
    I even tried a static demo to see where my weight should be.
    20171016_175021.jpg I am not giving up! I came home and watched more videos. I will keep practicing!
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  3. Hi there, I just discovered your site through a link on the NU mountain bike email group. I too have been trying to perfect my manual skills, and recently built a great tool, to help me meet that goal. It is frequently referred to as a "manual machine". Basically it is a stand the holds your rear wheel in place, so that you can practice lofting your front wheel in one movement to the balance point, then keeping your balance with your hips and knees. I built this out of scrap 2X6, a couple metal brackets, one lag bolt and some shelving braces in a couple hours. Notice that mine is bolted directly to my floor in my bike/workout room, so a free standing design would have to have some sort of side supports to keep the rider from falling over to the side. This training tool has certainly help me, so if you're feeling crafty, or know someone that is, I highly recommend making one.
    Manual stand 1.jpg Lag bolt allows for different size wheels. Leave a little room fore and aft of the rear wheel, allowing it to roll a little bit back and forth to simulate balancing in the real world.

    Manual stand 2.jpg Keep the back of the stand a low profile design, so that you don't catch your body on it when you step off the back after you lose balance leaning back too far. Manual stand 3.jpg
    This stand really helped me find the balance point on my DH bike, which is very different from the other bikes that I ride.
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  4. That's awesome and my significant other just made me one! He posted it under MTB discussion I think. It definitely helps. Like you said, I was able to find my balance point. Which was a lot firther back than I thought. Once I got comfortable there I was able to do the move to get into that position much easier. Thanks for sharing and welcome to the forum!
  5. Glad to hear that you already have a manual stand! The leaning far enough back is the trick for wheelies and manuals. The real finesse is learning to feather you back brake so that you don't fall backwards, at the same time not grabbing the brake lever too hard resulting in abruptly dropping you front wheel down - I'm still working on that one. Good luck on becoming a manual master!
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