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    When is a Manual useful?

    Hi, i am working on improving my trail skills and right now I am focusing on the Manual. I was wondering when would manualing be an advantage when riding a trail?
    One thing i know of is just before a drop-off you would do a small manual to shift your weight backward as you enter the drop. What else?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Oh, yeah, and wheelie drops and pump sections, of course.
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    On switchbacks, lean INSIDE the turn going uphill....and lean OUTSIDE on the downs, with weight shifted behind the saddle.
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    Re: When is a Manual useful?

    When coming up onto square edged bumps fast you can manual to pull the front over

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    On switchbacks, lean INSIDE the turn going uphill....and lean OUTSIDE on the downs, with weight shifted behind the saddle.


    Manual is my favorite move. Riding across small dips in the trail. across mud puddles, creeks. off drops. over tightly packed roots. or just for the hell of it...

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    Couldn't tell you. I can't manual.
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    Getting the front wheel up and over anything you don't want it to hit - roots, logs, rocks, entrances to bridges.
    It's the starting move for a bunny hop.

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    If you can keep the front from hitting the obstacle then the rear usually clear most things you don't lose momentum. A few trails I ride has something similar to a double roller I just manual over both, fun.

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    The manual is one of the basic skills you should acquire if you want to be a good rider. I can't think of a single trail where I ride in which I don't use one. You'll need it for all the obstacles already pointed out by others. Time used learning a manual is time well spent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzyBuzz View Post
    I was wondering when would manualing be an advantage when riding a trail?
    Knowing how to manual really helps you become a smoother trail rider. Once you have that skill you'll probably use it more than you think.

    It's also fun and looks real cool.

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    i guess most of you guys are talking about lifting your front wheel to clear stuff but is there any advantage to a prolonged manual like you see the movies? or is it just to look cool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    i guess most of you guys are talking about lifting your front wheel to clear stuff but is there any advantage to a prolonged manual like you see the movies? or is it just to look cool?
    I can only go for a couple bike lengths, but I saw a guy stand-up pedal into a wheelie, THEN coast/manual down a hill, pedal a few more times, then out of sight. He was moooovin'. It was really cool!

    Anytime your front tire can get trapped by roots, rocks, sand, water, mud, snow, leaves, downed riders/bikes, aggressive animals, or tree stumps - manual!

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    Resurrecting a slightly old thread.

    I really didn't feel like working out today, but I wanted to ride so I went to the local flow-y trails and pumped as much as possible and pedaled as little as possible.

    I was playing around with manuals on downed trees 2" - 4" or so in diameter. On gradual inclines with a 2" tree branch or trunk, I could make a quick pedal kick to lift the front over, then shift my weight forward, unweight the rear wheel, the roll the rear wheel over the log without losing momentum.

    By 4" diameter logs, I would manual up to the log and clear the front over, but when my back wheel hit the log, I'd lose all momentum.

    How do I clear the larger diameter logs (that I can still clear the bottom bracket over) without losing momentum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregon2wheels View Post
    Resurrecting a slightly old thread.

    I really didn't feel like working out today, but I wanted to ride so I went to the local flow-y trails and pumped as much as possible and pedaled as little as possible.

    I was playing around with manuals on downed trees 2" - 4" or so in diameter. On gradual inclines with a 2" tree branch or trunk, I could make a quick pedal kick to lift the front over, then shift my weight forward, unweight the rear wheel, the roll the rear wheel over the log without losing momentum.

    By 4" diameter logs, I would manual up to the log and clear the front over, but when my back wheel hit the log, I'd lose all momentum.

    How do I clear the larger diameter logs (that I can still clear the bottom bracket over) without losing momentum?
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    Yes bunny hop, I typically hop any log 8inchs or less. Its just easier and faster than trying to manual them.


    I manual over small creek's, mud holes, short root sections generally.
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    Bunny hop/J-hop. Lift the front wheel over the object as you move your weight behind the saddle and then immediately push the bar forward which will cause the bike to rotate around the bottom bracket area and raise the rear tire to clear the object. Good instruction vids on YouTube.
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    If you are a guy, never...


    Seriously you tube is better than any manual. Pictures and video clips speak a thousand words and all that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brockwan View Post
    If you are a guy, never...


    Seriously you tube is better than any manual. Pictures and video clips speak a thousand words and all that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glide the Clyde View Post
    Bunny hop/J-hop. Lift the front wheel over the object as you move your weight behind the saddle and then immediately push the bar forward which will cause the bike to rotate around the bottom bracket area and raise the rear tire to clear the object. Good instruction vids on YouTube.
    When I bunny hop, I tend to lose momentum. The higher I go, the more momentum I lose. I'm obviously doing it wrong. I'll check out YouTube and start practicing.

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