Video: How to Wheelie With Martha Gill & Bex Baraona

Apr 29, 2020
by Sarah Moore  

Some great tips from Martha Gill as she teaches Bex Baraona how to wheelie.


67 Comments

  • 103 0
 Having, sadly, watched quite a few how to wheelie vids in the past this is by far the most watchable and useful - well done
  • 2 0
 Glad she mentioned using the hips to help with steering. I've seen a lot of these videos and everyone mentions steering with your knees, but I find using the hips is super helpful.
  • 53 0
 looks like my problem is that my rear brake has been on the wrong side of my bars all these years
  • 25 1
 @dtax: you drive on the wrong side of the road as well
  • 7 0
 @Endurahbrah: A trick I use that definitely engages the hips (during side to side balance) is to roll your foot on your pedal. If riding a wheelie and you start leaning to the left, roll your right foot outward. Do the opposite if you start leaning to the right. I find that you can gain a lot of control with your feet.
  • 2 2
 @dtax: Never, I mean never borrow one of my bikes (as I am setup properly) - shops like to call it "Moto Style".
  • 44 0
 Can we talk about the presentation skills here? No teleprompter, not reading off cards, not a single "um", super confident voice, composed thinking and language, AND a structured breakdown of the phases of this skillset. People spend entire careers trying to build communication skills like these.

Pinkbike.... Hire her ...
  • 3 0
 Thank you! It wasn’t all just one shot though haha ????
  • 3 0
 @gowaan-gals:

Of course it wasn't done in one take. Consider that there are well over a thousand hits for "how to wheelie". If you ignore YouTube's ranking and go watch 100 of them randomly you'll find that, as a rule, people are horrible at making these videos. It's hard to realize when you are exceptional at something because often being exceptional comes naturally. Simon Lawton teaches bike skills full time at Duthie Hill Park, people fly from around the world to come to his classes. Watch one of his videos, it looks a lot like yours:

youtu.be/xUdzTd-gW1g

The combination of bike skills and communication talent is a career available to very very few. Just saying.
  • 22 0
 Great tutorial, good tips and entertaining too! More please!
  • 13 0
 4:30 That dog is best, he is like "im gonna find that wabbit"
  • 7 0
 Practice, practice, practice. Though maybe some are better at this than others, I can bunny hop, track stand, endo, yet I must have been practicing wheelies for years, still no luck, I mean I can sometimes go 20ft or 30ft but its always a fluke and not consistent. I have a real hard time getting the brake to feather its either on or off. I know can wheelie on any bike, but I do wonder if I would find it easier to learn on a hardtail.
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flag WAKIdesigns (Apr 29, 2020 at 3:36) (Below Threshold)
 why do you think you have problem with feathering the brake? How much of it can be falling on your back?
  • 4 0
 May I suggest you to practice falling. It's not even a science, just do it at low speeds, let the bike pass the balance point, put your feet down and you'll quickly get confident to take your time feathering the brake later.
  • 7 0
 Practice falling back is key and I guess that is the reason why it is so difficult to learn to wheelie past some age: you don't want to harm yourself and the flexibility required to let the bike pass under you is not minor. After a few efforts, I just want to throw myself on the sidewalk and take a nap.
  • 2 1
 Drag the rear brake a bit before you lift the front. It will take a bit more effort, but you will already be in the modulation sweet spot. Also for falling, just purposely loop out over and over and land on your feet. Once you realize its safe to loop, you wont be so afraid of the balance point.
  • 11 0
 @Notmeatall: @Notmeatall: Once you have your falling practice down, you just need to work on accidentally missing the ground. At that point, you'll be flying and won't need wheelies.
  • 3 0
 ^This guy knows where his towel is.
  • 1 0
 @Poulsbojohnny: Woah! I'm doing it wrong all this time! Teach me your way, master!
  • 6 0
 It's weired. I can ride a unicycle for miles and miles (I started in my mid twenties and it took me about an hour to do my first 100m). But I have been trying to wheelie since I was a kid and have never been able to wheelie longer then a few seconds - the longest i have ever done would be like 20m I usually do about 10-15m . And even less for a free coasting manual.
  • 1 0
 Same here, I can ride most anything in Moab on a uni, but my wheelies suck. Practice more Smile
  • 5 0
 A while back I go ripped a new one on here for suggesting looping out a few times to find the balance point when learning manuals or wheelies. Apparently it teaches "bad habits" and whatnot.. Glad to see I'm not a total crackpot.
  • 8 0
 Hey she really hit the finer points with this.
  • 3 0
 So many vids on this, some of them you have to pay for, and this seems so more comprehensive. Biting point explained thoroughly, with a real emphasis on falling off the back of your bike when practicing. I hardly do that, so I'm really looking forward to hammering it when I get it practice next. Bex better than me and it clearly took her less than a day ????. Belter vid excellently explained cheers
  • 6 0
 Hahaha, best tip in the video; pull your trousers up.
  • 2 0
 watched a lot of "how to" videos, this one gave a great tip about feet impulsion/pressure, helped me a lot yesterday to understand why sometimes I kinda fall on one side.
Very good feeling and 30m+ wheeling ok!
Thanks girls!! that was awesome!!!!
  • 6 0
 How farken you wheelie?!
  • 5 0
 I carnt.
  • 4 0
 Great skills from Ms Gill. I am sure Ms Baraona will soon be great too.
  • 2 0
 I have come to the conclusion that it is easier to manual if you have longer legs because it allows you to get you weight back further to counterbalance.
  • 3 0
 Love this! Great video with excellent, easy to understand instruction. Thank you Martha and Bex!
  • 3 0
 Awesome... so much clearer than the other vids I’ve watched:
Thank you.

Can you do Manuals next?
Cheers
  • 1 0
 @Scribbler Manuals broken down into easy to understand movements. Enjoy. youtu.be/1j2qHiAx67g

Smile
  • 4 0
 I love the Brits!!
  • 4 1
 Ditching shimano brakes helps a lot too.
  • 1 0
 Does bike geometry make much difference? Can I learn on my 'not so great' bike and itself transfer the feeling to the one I really don't want to drop?
  • 3 0
 Yup, really good.
  • 1 0
 Cool, I'm getting their just finding the balance point and keeping head up is key for me....
  • 2 0
 ha! that move at 3:52 had me nearly spitting coffee. Own it! so good
  • 2 0
 Practice wheelies uphill. Also lowering a bit your seat helps.
  • 1 0
 No worries, in the future you'll be able to push a button for wheelie/manual! Wink
  • 1 0
 Thank you everyone for all the comments! HOW TO MANUAL video is up now here www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4Ujp5CJ8Cw Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Bex and I both know you don’t need to wheelie to smash tech downhill ha! ????
  • 1 0
 Love it. thank you both!!
  • 2 1
 Rule #1: keep arms staight
  • 1 0
 Bex should have her own show.
  • 2 1
 Go bex’s
  • 1 0
 @C0yotekid: not fussed... lol seriously tho let see some progress be awesome
  • 1 0
 Thanks, great tips!
  • 1 0
 Great tips ????
  • 1 0
 ???? are really a thumbs up
  • 1 0
 Well done
  • 1 0
 Yeah it's just practice.
  • 1 1
 Good video but the ``music``in the background is really annoying.
  • 1 0
 what a beast
  • 7 10
 Who needs a video? Just pull on your bars, then pedal as fast as you can. I can wheelie for almost 10m that way.
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