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verb, gerund or present participle: Manualing

Manualing is a trick where they lift their rear wheel off the ground and balance on the pedals while coasting.

Example usage: 'I saw a guy manualing down the street yesterday, it was pretty impressive!'

Most used in: Mountain biking and BMX communities.

Most used by: Experienced mountain bikers and BMXers.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 6/10

Also see: Manual, Wheelie, Endo, Bunnyhop,

Manualing - The Basics of Cycling

Manualing is a common cycling term that refers to the act of raising the front wheel of a bike off the ground and balancing on the rear wheel. It is a trick that is commonly used to gain speed and momentum, as well as an impressive show of skill for spectators. Manuals are also known as wheelies, endos, or bunny hops.

The technique of manualing is not as simple as it may appear. It requires a strong sense of balance and a solid understanding of the bike's center of gravity. To execute a manual, the cyclist must shift their weight backwards while simultaneously pushing down on the handlebars and pulling up on the pedals. This motion creates a shift in the bike's center of gravity, allowing the front wheel to be lifted off the ground.


The Origin of Manualing: A Cycling Term

The term “manualing” is used by cyclists to describe the act of balancing on the rear wheel of a bike while the front wheel is lifted off the ground. The term has been around since the early 2000s, with the first documented use of the word “manual” to describe the manoeuvre appearing in a 2002 issue of the BMX publication Ride BMX Magazine.

The term originated in the United States, particularly in the skate and BMX scenes, and has since become a popular term in the cycling world. Manualing is a common trick among BMX and mountain bikers, but it is also used by some BMX and mountain bike racers to gain momentum in a race.

Manualing is a great way to practice balance and control on a bike. It is also a great way to show off your skills! While it can be dangerous if not done properly, with enough practice and skill, manualing can be a fun and exciting trick to show off on the trails.

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