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  1. Linda Peterson on October 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm said:

    Hi didn’t get a chance to thank you for the class yesterday. so uh thank you very much I learned so good foundation Technics and had a good time . I hope to hit the intermediate class in the not so far off future.

  2. Have you considered applying to be a newspaper writer? Extremely wonderful writing!

  3. ignacio Castillo on September 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm said:

    I like to attend one of your jumping clinic, due to work I can only do it on a Friday, Saturday or sunday, please let me know when there is going to be a jump clinic on those days, I live in temecula

  4. Darren Lachel on September 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm said:

    Hey Richard I am really bummed to hear about your bike being stolen.
    I had a bike stolen a month ago. Fortunately for me is was just an old junker I just rode to the gym and back.
    Can you give a complete description (anything different from stock) of your bike? So I can send it out to all my mtn bike buddies to keep a look out.
    You can put it on the TCSD group site and I will forward it all over the place!

    Good luck getting it back

  5. Sad! 🙁 Passing the word. And by the way, coolest car ever!!

  6. Sorry to hear about your bike and car damage. Just makes me so mad.

  7. Alexa Price on June 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm said:

    This article is waaaay overthinking it! Go to a pump track, or a line of whoops. Practice. You can even watch videos or talk to an instructor about pumping. Eventually you’ll get lighter and lighter on the bike going over the rollers until you are actually getting air.

    Trying to think about the bike moving independently in its own arc and trying to create tension between your handlebars and pedals is enough to overload anyone. Beginners aren’t in the air for more than a second, anyway!

    The basics are so-called for a reason. You should be recommending that people learn the basics before progressing to jumps. If his feet are flying off his pedals he needs to take a step back.

  8. Aaron Lucy on June 18, 2016 at 10:47 am said:

    Hi Alexa,

    you are absolutely right, practice makes perfect! All the more important when you’re getting your wheels off the ground as the risk factor is definitely increased.

    That is why we are huge advocates of progressing through fundamental bike handling skills before approaching jumping in our lessons. We start small and build gradually.

    Sadly not everyone has access to or endless hours to spend at the pump track (something I think should be remedied immediately!)

    Riders come to us to learn skills at a rate faster than they would work them out alone. Part of how we achieve this is by increasing a riders body awareness, helping them understand the relationship between bike/body and earth. Concepts are introduced and developed throughout the lesson in a way that is progressive and digestible. When practiced on your bike pretty soon these complex thoughts turn into sweet feelings of success as everything starts to make sense!

    Developing skills takes time however and we encourage our students to contact us with questions as they learn and experiment. This article is an example of one of those questions being answered. It is not a complete tutorial on how to jump your bike but simply a small part of the picture.

    Thanks for your feedback Alexa, see you at the pump track!

    Aaron Lucy | Lead Skills Instructor

  9. Ernie Medina, Jr. on August 2, 2016 at 4:36 pm said:

    Great article! I’ve been working on incorporating this and it’s amazing when it all clicks together, how the bike just comes up beneath me and stays stuck to my feet! it’s happening more and more often, so definitely practicing makes perfect. Keep up the good work…and hope to do a jump clinic in person one of these days!

  10. Just finished with Richard and Aaron here in Santa Fe, New Mexico a two day Mountain Bike skills class. I gotta say, WOW!!!!! Picking up many skills is showing me an improved way to ride around our hills and mountains. Most of all the confidence to do drops that I otherwise ride around and high speed corners that I usually wash out on. Thanks guys and look forward to more in the future. Also big thanks to Katherine. Glad she is in our back yard. Pat Brown

  11. Bruce Hamby on September 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm said:

    Thanks Aaron, I to have had trouble keeping my line when climbing up a technical section here in Santa Fe. I know this will help my riding in those sections . Thanks again for coming down for the Great 2 day class . see you soon Bruce

  12. Patty Elliott on September 22, 2016 at 6:24 pm said:

    Thanks Aaron! What a great article.

  13. Thanks Aaron. What you describe in the article is the exact information I was looking for when I took the advanced (Ninja) class with you in May.

  14. Steve Fenn on October 24, 2016 at 3:19 pm said:

    Escondido or Liberty Station location, for Nov 3rd event?
    Don’t know who it was, but the female of short stature in Ninja kit who zoomed past me up Maple Springs Road, at the VQ, looked super fit. And then saw her singing and laughing as she rolled down Trabuco Trail. She might of finished in about 6 1/2 hours or so. Good going!!

  15. Steve Fenn on November 1, 2016 at 9:46 am said:

    Great, I’ll be there Thurs at Liberty Station. Thanks, Steve

  16. Susan Coffroth on November 2, 2016 at 4:40 pm said:

    sounds fun!!!

  17. Congrats everyone! Looking forward to an awesome season!

  18. Congratulations to all ninjas for being on this amazing team! Man, am I going to have to train hard now!

  19. Congratulations everyone !

  20. Patty Elliott on February 7, 2017 at 5:57 am said:

    Love the article!

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  25. Thanks for your blog.’Make sure the front wheel is straight as you bring the front wheel back down to the ground.’ I agree with you.

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  27. Tanya on July 3, 2017 at 9:51 pm said:

    Hi! Is the 2 day workshop in Santa Cruz for beginners and advanced? I am a beginner and my husband is advanced. Thanks!

  28. Curtis on July 5, 2017 at 7:26 pm said:

    Came here looking for instructions on the build per the instagram post.. could we see more details on that?

  29. Frustrated manualer on July 6, 2017 at 10:22 am said:

    Awesome, this is exactly what I need, practice at the balance point. How much for Steve to write up some blueprints so I can take this to my local carpenter to have him build one up for me? I’m totally serious by the way.

  30. Rich Gibbons on July 6, 2017 at 11:41 am said:

    Wish I could RENT one of these…

  31. I love your tips on riding. You guys/girls are great.

  32. Can you please advise me regarding optimal shock & fork settings for jumping? Pressure, rebound, etc. I ride a Giant Reign and weigh 150 lbs. I find I’m struggling a bit with the compress & explode and wondering if settings have anything to do with it.

  33. Another who’d be interested in blueprints!

  34. Gman086 on July 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm said:

    #6 is flat out dead WRONG and could end up injuring someone reading this nonsense! If you keep your butt that far back after dropping you WILL land rear wheel first, slamming the front wheel down and into the cartwheel of shame. The PROPER way is to re-center your weight right after the rear wheel leaves the drop so as you can match your bike to the angle of landing (in many cases you will even need to be quite far forward and pushing on the bars if landing to steep transition).

    • Thank you for your comment! Upon review of the original steps we had outlined above, we agree the post needed a correction. You’re right, keeping your weight back after the wheels leave the drop would be potentially hazardous.

      Honestly, I think we just missed a step during the edit of this post. The orginal post was unclear at best. We’re grateful for your comment, and have updated the steps as per your suggestion.

      PS, let us know if you have any interest in being an instructor — you clearly have a great passion (and understanding) for mountain bikes. ..and, we’re guessing you shred too. ?

    • Mike Adler on December 28, 2017 at 8:20 am said:

      I couldn’t agree more with Gman086. Looks like you changed your post but still not correct. Manualing off a drop is an advanced progression that should never be taught until your student has an understanding and a grasp of the manual.
      Sorry don’t mean to troll you but some of you other posts are also questionable. Just looking at your photos I’m detecting errors in body and ankle position. And in a couple your students head is down( meaning probably their eyes as well). Sorry one other thing. Looks like in some photos your instuctors are riding clipless pedals? WTF

      • Thanks for sharing your thoughts Mike. We’d love to get some clarification / comments from you regarding how you think a drop should be ridden for a non-advanced rider. In our article, we’re not suggesting the rider manuals off the drop, just that they move their weight (hips) back as they reach the end of the drop to arrest the front wheel from falling. It’s a similar move to the manual (but not a manual), note why we said ‘think manual’.

        Also, we would love to hear your thoughts as to why an instructor shouldn’t ride clipless pedals. We encourage our students to ride whatever equipment they have at our skills events. While we recommend flats for learning most skills learning, many of our students come from an XC or Endurance background.

        Wouldn’t you agree it’s important that riders with clipless pedals know how to corner, ride drops, jumps, etc. as well? Most of our instructors are comfortable with both pedal types and are equipped to speak to the nuances of each.

  35. About that location in pictures 2 and 5 near the top of Noble Canyon…that carsonite sign in picture 5 says to stay off. And electric bikes on Noble?

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment this post.

      You bring up a couple good points — 1st off, I was there the day those photos were taken and did not see a sign that said ‘stay off’. Are you sure it says that? I recall that being the trail maker for Penny Pines, but I could be wrong. I’ll double check the next time I’m out there.

      Regardless, we NEVER deliberately ride off trail — we are very grateful to be able to ride and teach on such great trails in the first place and would never doing anything to jeopardize that privilege.

      2nd about the Ebike. Up until that skills event, we had never had an Ebike at one of our camps. Since that weekend, I’ve reached out to a couple Park Ranger friends to find out the rules regarding them. The consensus in SoCal parks is that they’re motorized and thus not legal. Considering we teach in SoCal a lot, we’ve adopted the same stance. Unless a park permits them, they are no longer accepted at our events.

  36. One up on the blue prints. Can’t wait to make one it’s been killing me not being able to manual

  37. Jackie gough on July 13, 2017 at 4:48 am said:

    That’s killer would love to have one . Blueprints would becawesome

  38. Curtis on July 17, 2017 at 10:47 pm said:

    Great news on getting blue prints made up. That’s more of what I was asking for.
    I can’t wait to make one so I can really learn just how far back to go.

  39. Just signing in so I can find out when the blueprints will be available..

  40. old geezer on July 19, 2017 at 6:56 pm said:

    Levels of experience relative to current terrain, age, recent riding hours, and more affect one’s balance and poise and control. Knowing your comfort zone and only pushing gently on the envelope may seem to slow your advancement, but nothing slows it more than a few months of post-op rehab. Slow speed falls, where you can likely get a foot down and under, as long as your pedals are free (if cleated, clean and dry-lubed for smooth release) should be inconsequential, as long as you don’t lock your arm to brace, instead crumble and roll so no bone system is directly taking the brunt of impact. Many places you simply can’t afford to fall – exposed drop-offs, steep embankments with rocks and trees – and even moderate trails become dangerous above ten to fifteen mph if you hit something. Never let buddies bully you into ignoring your internal safety sense; they are not the ones who will bear the bruises or breaks. If no one is paying you to ride, you are an amateur riding for fun; if the fun has faded, back off and slow down.

  41. Savvy Senior on July 19, 2017 at 7:10 pm said:

    Sitting and spinning works on smooth steeps, but on the steepest trails I can barely ride, I’ve found that one gear up from lowest is the best compromise when smaller rocks and steps may be deal-breakers. It gives me a little surge to clear an obstacle, but keeps the pedal from arcing too low too close to the thing I’m trying to get over. It puts me into my red zone, so can be maintained only for a few yards at a stretch, meaning I can’t clean my hardest trails unless I’m above a decent fitness point, but can still be used for shorter sections – I just don’t last as long and eventually have to put a foot down.

  42. BobD. on July 20, 2017 at 2:10 pm said:

    Take my money.

  43. Mitch on July 21, 2017 at 6:32 pm said:

    Would love the blueprints also….

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  46. Mark Stewart on July 26, 2017 at 7:40 pm said:

    Thanks Stephen for such a great idea. I was able to build one a few weeks ago in just a couple hours from your pictures, I substituted metal in a few places as I’m blessed to have a full shop with tools and welders. I would be happy to submit pictures but can’t find any links to upload them.

  47. Steve on July 30, 2017 at 4:01 pm said:

    Thanks for this. Any idea, what is the max width rear tire you can use with this design?

  48. Manual machine is a great idea! How about a bunny hop version that allows rear wheel to travel vertically but constrains lateral and fore/aft movement?

  49. I have been doing this with an indoor trainer. No strap. The con to doing this on an indoor trainer is it gets loose at the skewer.

    I like the strap idea, and I will add that to mine. As for the rest I am too lazy, and will continue to deal with the skewer loosening up. I still dont have my manuals performed naturally yet.

    Thanks for posting, keep sharing.

    • exactly! and i agree, the front wheel strap is a good addition.

      A small indoor trainer works well to get a feel for the body position and the leg motion but it doesn’t help with balancing side to side or feathering the brake. its also better to allow the rear wheel to spin so you can readjust the pedals properly. I can do a good wheelie but still the manual eludes me because i always grab too much brake. i think i need some kind of extra wide wheelie bar attached to my bike so it stops me from falling over sideways and backward but leaves enough “play” to learn the balance. Im going to set mine up again today and add the front wheel strap. good luck all.

  50. Tony Robinson on August 17, 2017 at 7:01 pm said:

    In order to do a real manual vs. a wheelie, you have to take the chain off the chainring. With the back wheel locked down, your foot pressure on the pedals drives the front of the bike up and makes it much easier to balance. Try it both ways to see what I mean.

    • Jerry wiatrowski on March 3, 2018 at 7:07 pm said:

      Thanks, that makes sense. I did see another manual machine demonstrated with the chain off and wondered about that.

  51. Links are to a nonexistent website. It is currently on Kickstarter with only $2000+ of the $18,000 goal. $230 retail for an oversized caddy does not seem worth it, not to mention the space it will take up compared to a large messenger bag which I have been using to fit all of my gear.

    • Hi HBD!

      We appreciate your comments. We initially thought Kickstarter would be the best option for us as we launched our business and The Bullfrog into full production. But after many messages and comments, we’ve listened and learned our fans would prefer to connect with us directly. On Monday we transitioned our website to an online store, which is why the site was down for a few hours. It’s back up now. I’m sorry you experienced a not-so-great first impression!

      We understand your comments about price. With Kickstarter’s fees and having to include shipping, we were in a corner and had to list much higher than what we intended. Yet another reason why we’ve invested in the new website and connect with people directly.

      As far as the size goes, we worked for years trying to determine the perfect size. We think the current size is ideal for most gear, even accomodating a full face helmet. We understand some people won’t have a need for that but it’s nice to have the room when traveling on longer, overnight trips.

      To help with space and storage, we’ve integrated a storage loop on the back to help get your gear up and out of the way. You can even tuck the mesh top in on itself. I ride a lot straight from my house. My Bullfrog is hanging on the wall and acts like a gear shelving unit. Then when I need to, I take it down, zip the top up and throw it in the car.

      I will share that we are planning to launch our online store Labor Day Weekend. We’ll be offering a 20% discount to The Ninja crew off of the $139.99 online price.

      Thanks again for the comments! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any other questions or comments at

  52. Mark Burzynski on August 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm said:

    Where can I get a Terra Gear Bullfrog?? Their web domain is a dead end.
    Looks like a great product. Can I get one without joining the kickstarter??

    • Hi Mark! Thanks so much for your comment. We’re in process of improving our website, which will include an online store. Unfortunately, the site will be down for a few hours today while everything gets done. As soon as it’s back up, I’ll message you. Thanks again!

      • I had posted a comment a couple days ago but it seems to have been deleted. I guess positive comments only or else they get deleted.

      • Hi Mark,

        Quick update; the new website is up and running. I’m excited to share we will be launching our online store Labor Day weekend! We’ve got a special 20% off code for the Ninja Crew. I’ll be sending over details to Richard so he can make a site wide announcement. Please email me at mike@terragear if you have any questions.

  53. falllinemaniac on August 31, 2017 at 10:53 am said:

    Assessment is key, crashing can dump major adrenaline and you really gotta take an extra half minute to make sure arms still bend, shoulders mobile and hands still grip. Stand up if you are up bend knees, ankles.

    If there is a injury you should know by now, check the bike.

  54. falllinemaniac on September 1, 2017 at 8:51 pm said:

    Seated climbing can be more dynamic with the addition of a firm push forward on the grips. Time them with the weak part of the pedal stroke.

    I originally saw elite cross country riders on a furious pace on steep hills, they were so smooth at it I could hardly tell what they were doing.

  55. falllinemaniac on September 1, 2017 at 11:52 pm said:

    I have the hardest time keeping the finger on the brake lever.

    I even have the reach adjusted, my preference is to let em run and brake as late as possible.

    Launching and manuals seem to flow better too. It took a long time getting accustomed to not using the brakes all the time on descents. Like skiing, there are counter-intuitive techniques and letting them run is not what a sane person does.

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  58. Michael Regimbal on September 12, 2017 at 4:42 pm said:


    I signed up for the 2 day Santa Cruz adventure class and I have a question. I’ve been a roadie for 20+ years and now about 6 mos of MtB riding in at mostly blue square level. Are there any skills I should work on in advance to best take advantage of the sessions. Looking forward to it.


  59. Hi Michael —

    There inst any specific pre-training required, but you’d get a big jump on the camp is you take some time to read / study the articles in our how-to section here:

    See ya at the camp!

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  61. Damon Poor on September 29, 2017 at 11:24 pm said:

    Trying to reach Karen. I work at Black Mountain Bicycles and am a member of Linked cycling San Diego. i had planned to come and help but am having an outpatient procedure on Thursday. I would still like to help as best I can. I was thinking about bringing a stand and tools and help if anyone needs last minute repairs. if I feel well enough I may also bring a bike and help in the way also. Please let me know.

    Damon Poor

  62. Please know REI started this because they
    1) don’t offer “black Friday” specials and always had A LOT of people asking what the specials were. Customers were, more often than not, irritated that REI didn’t have specials…which led to unhappy customers…
    2) business was always slow on “black Friday”

    So from this number cruncher, it was/is cheaper for REI to close. AND it’s a marketing strategy for them to close and avoid have angry customers who were search for discounts…

    This is what led to the creation of #optoutside…

    It would be a sincere effort if it had been prompted by a PURE altruistic thought, versus a marketing strategy to save $$ by marketing. Those are the two issues, $$ and marketing, closing is supposed to be standing against :/

  63. I submitted an email inquiry – so stoked to hear more about any opportunities you have in my area.

    Shawn Gentry 213-999-6173

  64. Kamala Slight on January 10, 2018 at 9:20 pm said:

    Great demo, Hannah!

  65. Dayrdrai on February 5, 2018 at 9:45 am said:

    Cool article . Very helpful:)

  66. Ricky Lo on February 19, 2018 at 8:55 am said:

    Where can I download a copy of the blueprints?

  67. blakely on March 1, 2018 at 10:53 am said:

    i admit it. i am a so called “brake hog” i love to use the brakes to adjust my speed whenever going down hill but is mostly do to my fear of running into another rider. i will try to practice with this. thanks for the tip

  68. Nate Glass on April 2, 2018 at 11:34 am said:

    All good points! I’d add that practicing track stands is a good skill for when it’s time for Skinnies. This way you can come to a full stop if you need to, correct your steering and continue on. Practice Practice Practice is absolutely correct!

  69. hey, not sure I understand step #3. It seems to state that the wheel is 45 degrees in the direction of your front foot. But, both pictures show the wheel pointed “away” from your front foot.

  70. That’s an excellent observation Chris! When first learning to track-stand, we’ve found it’s easier when your front wheel is pointed towards your foot. However, we should have mentioned, that in *all cases* your front wheel should be pointed up-hill.

    So, if your riding right foot forward, it’d be potentially easier to learn to track-stand pointing your wheel to the right, up hill. Makes sense?

    • Richard, It seems that you didn’t address the point of Chris’s question (same question I had). The photo of the rider demonstrating the track stand has LEFT foot forward and has the front wheel pointed uphill to the RGHT; hence away from the forward foot rather than towards it. So, the photo contradicts your description of the technique in step #3. Please address the contradiction. Is the rider in the photo simply not doing what you recommend?

      • Hi Mike — I just re-read the article and see your point. That really wasn’t clear. I edited #3 above to hopefully provide clarification on this skill re: wheel and foot placement. We’ll head out shortly to get some better photos (and video) to clean this ‘how-to’ up a bit. Thanks so much for your feedback / comment.

  71. love the video! it really shows how good form helps keep your head so still!

  72. Steve Fischer on April 24, 2018 at 4:56 pm said:

    sign up for a clinic. ez pz!

  73. Gary Nowicki on April 25, 2018 at 3:51 pm said:

    Interested, do you allow class 1 ebikes?

  74. Matt Martel on May 3, 2018 at 8:55 am said:

    Cory appears to be too high and too far forward. Hannah did it perfectly!

  75. falllinemaniac on May 4, 2018 at 6:32 pm said:

    Step 8, rail your corners whenever possible. Riding across the carpark while your buddy fidgets with her bike, straight shots back from the trail and going around corners in the neighborhood all offer opportunity to practice.

  76. Brian Graybush on May 17, 2018 at 9:19 am said:

    Interested in skills camp for my 13yo son. He just finished his first season with NICA/Cape Fear Fins and is looking forward to next year already. Can you please add us to your email list.

  77. Steve rivera on May 23, 2018 at 11:15 am said:

    If anything opens up please let me know

  78. falllinemaniac on June 5, 2018 at 11:24 am said:

    In the good old days of 26″ wheels and clicked in pedals bunnyhops were stupid easy with the ability to lift the feet and the bike.

    Now on a modern steed with flats, this is a good way to put a knee into the rear tire (I have a scar from this). I have been working on a proper bunnyhop.

    The main driver for amplitude is in your step 3 involving thrusting the hips forward more than bringing the bars towards the chest.

    Your instructions appear to be more of a punch technique that I can perform easier than a full hip thrust. Those require far more core strength to explode forward than my fat old body can effectively muster. This looks similar but is much different when installing into muscle memory.

  79. VADIM GOZIKER on July 19, 2018 at 3:18 pm said:


  80. falllinemaniac on September 5, 2018 at 4:10 pm said:

    This is the most excellent pointer regarding the front brake that I have ever seen.

  81. Can you do this if you don’t have disc brakes? Does it work with the cantelever brakes?

    • Hi Eli! Thanks for your question. It most cases, yes — you should use one finger (your index finger) for braking regardless of your braking system. However, I can see where (with cantilever brakes) you might find situations (steep / fast descents) where one finger isn’t enough — and unfortunately, you’re going to have to sacrifice some handling / grip control and add another finger to your brake levers. Keeping your brake pads clean and properly aligned can go a long way for maintaining the best possible braking power.

  82. Ralph Campbell on September 22, 2018 at 1:10 pm said:

    Took the Knoxville fundamentals clinic. The teachers were excellent. They tailored the session to the ability of the group. I’ve been MTBing for 5 years. Learned a lot. Plenty of critically important skills that I needed to correct. Great experience. Well worth the time and cost.

    The only improvement I would suggest would be to send the participants home with written key points of what was learned.

  83. Renee hasserodt on October 10, 2018 at 4:05 pm said:

    Awesome- couldn’t help but laugh at a few of these- pretty much have heard some of this advise coming out of my mouth……ouch!! Way to bring it home!

  84. Sunshine Cycles in Athens, GA is amazing. Jimmy, the owner, always goes above and beyond. I drive by 10 other shops, and travel over an hour to have my bike worked on by him.

    • Hey Mitzi!
      We know the Sunshine Crew, too! Say hi to Howie, Raa, and Elizabeth for me 🙂 I lived in Athens for three years and loved it. If you’re ever looking for a group ladies’ ride, check out the 706P Chicks Club.
      Enjoy riding in that sweet Southern Autumn!

  85. Thanks for this great post. While Outerbike is like a festival (yes we have food, beer & guided rides) we still keep the bike demo experience as the #1 priority of the weekend. some balk at the $240 price to get in, but if you try to rent/demo a high end bike in Moab these days it’s at least $90/ day. Plus shuttles to Mag 7, plus food, etc. If you’re serious about testing bikes it’s hard to beat the experience of all those brands and getting to try them back to back to back. For 2019 here’s our dates:
    Sun Valley June 21-23, 2019
    CB August 16-18, 2019
    Moab October 4-6, 2019
    Bentonville October 25-27, 2019

    • Thanks for the Outerbike deets, Mark! I’ve attended your October Moab event and had an incredible experience. You and your team put together a seamlessly executed weekend full of rad bikes, stoked folks, and delicious food. We’re already looking forward to your Sun Valley stop next year!

  86. peter connors on October 25, 2018 at 2:32 pm said:

    If you add volume spaces…do you go back to step 1?

  87. isartrails on November 29, 2018 at 10:37 am said:

    You are missing the most important point: your cockpit. Handlebar, stem, fork steerer connections. And everything on the handlebar: grips, shifter bolt, brake bolts.

  88. SC Nomad on December 13, 2018 at 9:32 am said:

    2. “…loosing the wheelie”? Is that the opposite of tightening the wheelie?

  89. Fatbiker100 on December 13, 2018 at 4:29 pm said:

    This past spring, at (a very athletic) 55 yrs old I gave it a try. I wheelied across a car park for about 80 ft when I leaned a bit far back.
    As I went to put my feet down I realized I WAS IN MY CLIPLESS pedals!
    I couldn’t escape and as I fell backwards I saw the blue sky. I landed with a very audible thud on my spine.
    My back slammed into the ground. I thought I’d broken my back.
    I still did my 20 km Fat Bike ride and in 3 days I’d recovered 🙂

    • Jared Daley on December 14, 2018 at 8:33 pm said:

      I did a 40 mile ride and at the end, I pulled a wheelie on my road bike while clipped in. I went too far and landed on my back. I fractured my T4 vertebrae. Had to sit out the entire summer. Fortunately no surgery was needed. Now I only do wheelies on my mountain bikes with flat pedals. I was 51 at the time, and in very good shape.

  90. Yes, Peter — exactly.