Neek, the man behind Fixed Shit Up hooked me up with a bunch of wheelie tips after my incessant complaining on Twitter about being completely useless. Under normal circumstances I would disregard such tips because I am as stubborn as a mule and like to do things my own way (just ask my mother!) but seeing as my inability to wheelie causes me great embarrassment I studied them and they actually worked for me. Take heed of the following guidelines and we will all be cruising with our front wheels in the air like we just don’t care by the summer.
Starting position – Cruise at a moderate speed with your arse right on the back of the saddle (ideally feet in clips)
Its all in the pop up! – You need to flick the front wheel up nice and straight by applying a push/pull pressure on the pedals (for me it’s as my right foot just goes past 12 o’clock). It’s hard to explain but you combine this with pulling the bars up… if you get this right the bike will pop up quickly and really lightly into the balance point. (You can grip the saddle with your thighs and apply the same tech to do no-handed pop-ups). Always keep your arms straight and lean right back.
Find the balance point – The balance point is when you’re sat at the point over the back wheel where the riding should feel loose and light and you can just pedal (think unicycle??), the balance point is further back than you perhaps think… you then control this with pedal pressure.
Pedal smoothly – So pop up nice and straight (it should stop you falling left or right) with your arms straight, arse over the back of the saddle and lean back in to the balance point and begin pedaling smoothly, don’t try and rush the pedalling and go to fast, keep it nice and controlled.
Pedal control – This comes with practice, you will need to control the front wheel to stop yourself from flying off the back or dropping back down, this is the same tech as doing a wheelie on a free-wheeled bike but instead of applying brake pressure you control it with the pedals by applying pressure in either direction.
Counter balance – If the bike goes to one side try and adjust your weight accordingly, turning the front wheel slightly can help.
Practice – Give yourself distance to cover and keep trying to cover it and then extend it and so on! Soon you will be wheeling through buses and taxis.
Big thanks to Neek for these tips, if they work for you thank him in the comments, if you have your own ideas then post those too!