the correct wheelie height , and the second to propel you over the log are the trickiest parts .
While riding the back wheel over the log , it is important to look ahead to help maintain your balance . Momentum will carry you forward at this point , but it is still possible to tip over to either side if you start losing your balance .
It is also important to begin preparing yourself for the backside of the log . One of the biggest mistakes I see , especially from beginners on small logs is that they are so focused on getting over the log that they don ’ t think about preparing for what happens after they ’ re over it .
When coming off a log of this size , the downward angle of your bike will be similar to that of a very steep downhill or short drop-off . Make sure to get your weight back over the rear fender and keep your arms in a strong , braced position so you do not collapse forward .
If you are too far forward to begin with or let your weight collapse forward , you will likely go over the bars or tuck the front wheel . At the very least , you will end up riding an unintentional nose wheelie , scaring yourself and any bystanders .
TO REVIEW : Wheelie into the log , looking where you want to place your front tire ( 3 / 4 of the way up the face ). Begin looking ahead , and as soon as you feel the suspension start to rebound , give the bike gas again . As you ride the back wheel over the log , prepare for the “ landing ” by shifting your weight back and bracing your arms . Continue looking ahead . Successfully clean the log and impress all of your riding buddies !
Want to see this in action ? Click here to watch a video tutorial as Rachel demonstrates the proper technique ( and what NOT to do )
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