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A trick in which a cyclist lifts his or her rear wheel off the ground and balances on the front wheel while pausing in place

Example usage: 'He was so good at manual-pausing, the crowd oohed and ahhed!'

Most used in: Mountain biking and BMX competitions.

Most used by: Professional and experienced cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 6/10

Also see: Interval, Recovery, Active Recovery, Active Rest,

What is a Manual-Pause in Cycling?

A manual-pause is a technique used in cycling that involves briefly lifting the rear wheel of the bike off the ground in order to stop the bike without the use of the brakes. This technique is often used in downhill racing or mountain biking, where riders need to slow down or stop quickly. Manual-pausing is also used in BMX to help riders control their speed when entering a jump.

A manual-pause is usually performed by standing up on the bike and lifting the rear wheel off the ground. This causes the bike to slow down quickly without the need for brakes. The technique can also be used to change direction quickly, as the rear wheel can be lifted to one side in order to turn the bike.

Manual-pausing is a skill that requires a lot of practice and balance. Studies have shown that manual-pausing can significantly reduce the risk of accidents, as it allows riders to slow down quickly without relying on their brakes. This can be especially beneficial in downhill racing, where riders may be going at high speeds and need to slow down quickly in order to avoid obstacles.

Manual-pausing is a valuable skill for any cyclist, as it can help them stay in control of their bike in difficult situations. With practice, riders can become more confident in their ability to manual-pause and become safer cyclists.


The Origin of the Term 'Manual-Pause' in Cycling

The term 'manual-pause' first appeared in cycling in the late 1980s, when it was used to describe a technique used by mountain bikers. This technique involves the rider standing up on the pedals and releasing the brakes while simultaneously shifting the bike's gears, allowing the rider to slow down and reduce the speed while still maintaining momentum.

This technique was first used in the United States, by cyclists in the Rocky Mountain region, and was popularized by the mountain biking magazine 'Mountain Bike Action' in the early 1990s. The term 'manual-pause' was coined as a way to describe this technique, and has since become a widely-used term in the cycling community.

The manual-pause technique is still used by mountain bikers today, and has become a popular way of controlling speed and momentum on steep descents. It is also used by BMX riders and other cyclists who need to reduce their speed quickly and efficiently.

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