How-to...Wheelie!

Jul 13, 2010
by Paul Howard  
First in a series of detailed, instructional "HOW-TO" vids that ZEP MTB Camps will be posting up throughout the summer.

Check out the video inside for all the details...One of the most common questions we've been asked over the years when instructing is, "how do you wheelie?". So we figured this summer we'd do a ZEP Video Lesson Series to address the main things we end up coaching people during our MTB camps and instructor training courses. This first video then shows a detailed, but simple progression to learn how to wheelie... starting with a basic front wheel lift and moving all the way to seated manuals, and is aimed at novice to intermediate riders.

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After watching the vid, make sure your bike is working properly (particularly the brakes and gears), you wear the necessary protection (butt pads are a good idea if you're new to this) and that you have somewhere appropriate to practice, preferably with a soft surface. Learning to wheelie for the first time on gravel or paved surfaces can be dangerous as there is a risk of falling backwards onto your bum and/or back. If you also therefore have any back issues, then make sure you're physically 100% fit before you try anything.

The next vid will be out in a couple weeks and will be titled "How-to...Do Everything Better!". Sounds really vague I know, but I promise it's not - we'll go through one simple skill that can transform your overall riding like no other... so watch this space.

Till next time,

Paul

ZEP MTBCamps are supported by Transition Bikes, Fox Racing Shox, MRP, Straitline Components, Troy Lee Designs, Sunline, 661, Whistler Bike Park. ZEP Coaches are PMBI certified through the industries longest standing and highly recognized mountain bike instructor training courses; the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Certification.

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45 Comments

  • 18 0
 At last someone explains and demonstrates this in a way that I actually understand !! Thanks a lot !! Am going out to practice right this minute !
  • 11 0
 Great vid. Yes it's for the basics, but it explains it well, gives good demos and gives plenty of info for anyone to get started with bike skills. For all those haters, remember, you started somewhere too, no-one just jumps on a bike and rides like a pro. Videos like these are building blocks for anyone to learn these days. Look forward to the next "how-to"!
  • 14 0
 preload and EXPLODE!
  • 20 1
 that's what she said.
  • 8 0
 Smile CanĀ“t stop laughing now...Damn you!!
  • 2 2
 LOL seriously....
  • 16 6
 DO IT ON A D.H. HAHAHA
  • 3 4
 dude, it really isnt hard to do it on a DH. my best is a 5 min 23 second wheelie. ill try to post it soon
  • 8 1
 great vid ... should really help people out ... made me realise straight off that I pull too much
  • 9 2
 be careful, if you pull too much you will go blind.
  • 4 0
 I always have people ask me how I wheelie, and I never really could explain it to them as I just learned it and did it. Nice job explaining the mechanics. I know how I wheelie nowSmile
  • 6 0
 Loved the music! HILLTOP FOR LIFE!
  • 9 2
 Very nice vid! Helpfull!
  • 2 0
 Guys excellent work!! I think these instructional vids give people a good idea of their coaching styles, methadology and technique The ability to break things down and explain it is a fantastic skill and if you pick up one thing from the vid then its helped, even if you can alraedy do wheelies cant wait to see more!!
  • 2 0
 Funny I was just talking to my buddy to figure out how to teach my gf to wheelie! I know how just don't know how to explain it... But I'll get her to watch this and hopefully she can try try again!
  • 5 1
 What happened to tech tuesday.
  • 10 0
 There were some technical difficulties.
  • 3 0
 would like one tutorial to manual. Nice video and explanation
  • 2 0
 lets hope this progresses like the tech tuesdays did
  • 2 1
 sweet....... dur
  • 2 2
 That is one bad ass Transition Covert.
  • 1 3
 has to be the stupidest thing i think i ever seen :L preload and explode :L
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