Doing wheelies on your bicycle is simply one of the tricks you can do as a cyclist.
Before you even attempt it, know that it’s dangerous if you fall. You’re more likely to fall on your back if you do it wrongly.
Here are some things you should know before you try to do a wheelie on your bicycle.
1. Check your rear brakes
Before even attempting a wheelie, you should check if your rear brakes are working well.
This is because only your rear brake can protect you during a wheelie, as your front wheel is in the air.
If it’s not working well, get it fixed first.
2. Lifting the bike
Once your brakes are fine, you can start to try.
Before lifting your bike, you may want to use one of the lower gears. You don’t want to be going too fast.
If your bike has many gears (over 10), then a higher number would be applicable. If you’re using a bike with only a few gears, try gear 1 or 2.
The best time to lift the bike is when your dominant foot is somewhere at the “2 o’clock” angle, meaning right after your pedal is coming down from the top.
Don’t lift the bike too hard or you may fall on your back. It takes tons of practice here.
Also, you can position your seat closer to the middle of the bike. This gives you a better balance when you’re on one wheel.
Some people also prefer standing when trying to perform a wheelie, as it seems to give a better balance.
3. Maintaining the wheelie
Once you’re up on a wheelie, you have to maintain the motion.
You’re supposed to keep pedaling as usual and your bike will continue to go forward.
The hard part is to keep the wheelie while pedaling and this can only be learnt by practice.
In a nutshell
Learning how to do a wheelie on a bike is difficult at first, and you’ll probably need to practice many times before getting a hold of it.
Try to avoid falling down on your back if possible as back injuries are usually pretty serious.