The manual; the dark, mysterious art of coasting along on the back wheel making it all look effortless. Mountain biking is full of two kinds of people – those who can manual, and those who can't.
Here to help those in the latter group is one of the world's foremost experts in manualing, Instagram's #wheeliewednesday King, Wyn Masters.
Joined by team-mate Brook Macdonald to show you how it's done, here are the GT Factory Racing rider's top tips on how to manual, properly*:
- Put on a helmet and lower your seat
- Find a gradual, downward slope
- Cover the back brake
- Lean back, find the balance point, and lock your arms
- If the front wheel starts to drop, thrust inwards with your hips
*These may take some time and patience to perfect, so stick at it.