HOW TO BIKE
SEASON 2 EPISODE 7
The hardest part of learning how to manual is getting started. There are countless tutorials that cover the steps in learning how to manual, but none of the steps matter if you don't get out and practice. Ben Cathro has built a progression plan to get you cruising around town on your back wheel.
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Evereyone who can manual: "Have you tried practicing?"
Everyone who can't manual: "How dare you."
I agree to a certain extent, but I am old school and I think manuals are a good metric to test for for general riding (excluding DH racing or XC racing), it's a practical skill on many trails, if you can manual a bike I think it's a good test of fit and would generally put many guys on slightly shorter bikes.
I dunno, aggressive XC bikes are nasty when it comes to stuff like manuals, some of the the more modern setups are better but setting up a bike to climb is the antithesis of a good manualing bike.
A top level rider can manual a DH bike but I wouldn't hop on a DH bike and use a manual as a litmus test for it like I would a trail bike.
Just look at modern competition trials bikes, they have BB + Rise, they SUCK at manuals.
Geo is complicated but generally speaking in the BMX world lower bottom bracket bikes are better for stuff like manuals, higher ones keep more weight on front end.
Full sus bikes don't necessarily have higher BB than HT's, it really depends on sag and likely 'dynamic' sag since when you initiate a manual on a FS bike you are MUCH deeper in the sag than you would be just sitting on the bike.
Base on my experience long CS bikes can manual ok, but I'd still say short CS are easier to keep bike balanced.
MTB's are big and lazy and you are not doing the crazy manuals the BMX guys do....
This is where the story takes a twist. Their garden was very steep and rather than being on a flat terrace the table and chairs were both on the slope. This didn’t seem to bother the Cathros at all, but I couldn’t stop sliding on my chair and none of the delicious looking stew would stay on my plate.
I took two things from this dream: Just because Cathro makes it look easy, doesn’t mean it is. And, Ben needs to sort his garden out.
Pedal deal: www.mtbr.com/threads/cheap-chesters-rf-21-free-ship.1212766/#post-15815964
On a BMX my front tire is between 6 to 12 inches of the ground.
I learned manuals brakeless as well. On a BMX, looping out is relatively safe.
I never really transferred that skill to the MTB, because of a few factors, where the balance point is(it is scary to have your front wheel that high off the ground), using the brakes on manuals and the suspension just eating up the micro adjustment when i use my butt to find the balance point.
No excuses other than I just haven't put in enough work.