Prancing is a great way to impress friends or do something cool when you're on a motorcycle or bicycle. While it's one of the easiest tricks to learn, it can be quite a challenge if you don't get the balance you need. By accelerating quickly, pulling on the handlebars, and knowing where to apply your body weight to balance yourself, you'll also be able to lift almost anything that has two wheels.
Method 1 of 2: Riding a Bike
Step 1. Place the seat in an intermediate position
One of the biggest problems when trying to rear the bike is getting unbalanced and falling backwards. Arrange the seat leaving it at a medium or intermediate height, adjusting the center of balance and making it easier to perform.
With more practice, you'll be able to make the seat height as you like. Keep in mind that this can change the center of gravity, forcing you to relearn how to balance the bike
Step 2. Shift into the lightest possible gear
When you're learning to rear the bike, you don't need a lot of speed. In fact, it's much easier to do it the first time if you're slow. Shift to a light gait, between 1-1 and 1-3, to practice.
As with seat height, you can adjust the gear as you prefer. It's important to be able to crank regardless of the position of the gear, but it will be much easier to learn to do it in a lighter gear
Step 3. Find a wide area where you can practice
It will be much easier to get the workout and results you want if there is room for your practice. Go to a nearby park or field where you can train without too much worry.
- Local parks are great because they are wide and grassy, lessening your chances of getting hurt when you fall. If there aren't any large parks nearby, you can also practice on an empty sidewalk, a quiet road, or any safe cycling area.
- If possible, train on a gentle slope. Leaning back feels more natural this way, as well as balancing while rearing.
Step 4. Start at a slow or intermediate pace
Get on the bike and start picking up some speed. Your goal is to arrive at something slightly faster than walking, resulting in enough speed to prance without much acceleration.
With greater confidence, you'll start to rear the bike even at higher speeds. Start slowly and gradually speed up your workouts
Step 5. Keep your dominant foot pedal at the two o'clock position
When pedaling, define which foot is your dominant (or strongest) foot. Set it to the two o'clock position to make it easier to push it down when accelerating quickly.
- If you don't know which foot is your dominant foot, try prancing a few times with both and see which one feels more natural.
- The dominant foot is the one that is placed forward when you feel you are about to fall. Standing, ask someone to give you a slight push and notice which of the two feet you use in front of you to break your fall.
Step 6. Firmly push the pedal and lean back
Use your dominant foot to apply pressure, accelerating the bike quickly and lifting the front wheel. Meanwhile, take hold of the handlebars and lean back, pulling her off the ground. By the time you manage to complete this Step, you will have pranced for the first time!
- Start with small movements at first and work your way up by raising the front wheel more and more as you get a better sense of balance on your bike. It is much safer to err on the side of little force, letting the wheel fall back to the ground, than by using too much, exaggerating the movement and falling.
- If you feel yourself falling backwards, pull on the rear brake. This stops rear wheel movement and brings it back to a safe position.
Step 7. Test by directing your body weight until you find your balance point
Once you have lifted the wheel off the ground, begin to place your body weight at different points on the bike until you find the most suitable one. It can take a long time to get into the best position to keep prancing, but keep going - at some point, you'll find the right spot and be able to prance longer.
- If you are about to fall backwards, press the rear brake to lean forward. If you're falling forward, on the other hand, speed up your pedaling pace to gain more acceleration and lean back.
- Keep in mind that you also need to maintain lateral balance. Try to place your body weight centered in the middle of the bike to avoid falling. If it's leaning to one side, take your body weight or turn the handlebars the other way.
Step 8. Depress the rear brake and align the front wheel to descend
When you start to lose balance, notice any unevenness in the terrain or simply want to stop, press the rear brake to stop prancing. Make sure the front wheel is aligned with the rest of the bike. If it is crooked or facing the other way, it is possible that it will deflect when touching the ground and result in a fall.
Try not to go down too hard. Although the front suspension serves to soften some of the impact, it is important not to put the wheel under unnecessary wear and tear
Method 2 of 2: Riding a Bike
Step 1. Wear safety equipment
Riding a motorcycle is dangerous enough without performing tricks. Remember to wear a full safety suit when using it, especially when performing tricks like this.
Among the most important are the helmet, protective mask, gloves, jacket, pants and boots. Everything must be well covered to avoid serious injury in the event of a fall
Step 2. Find a road with no traffic to practice on
To crank up a bike, you need space to build up speed, crank up and get down safely. Try to find a long, flat road with as little traffic as possible. Invest time in going up and down the road to see how your motorcycle moves and brakes on this surface.
The road should not have large potholes, cracks or other irregularities that could lead you astray unexpectedly. Find the smoothest, most even surface possible when starting out
Step 3. First, put into first gear and drive at 25~30 km/h
Start accelerating and shift into first gear. It is not necessary to be at very high speeds in this learning process. Try to stay between 25 and 30 km/h, which will allow you to prance without exaggerating speed.
Step 4. Return the handle when it reaches 6,000 RPM
Continue riding the bike until you reach a comfortable speed and torque high enough for the RPM per minute to be 6,000. In one swift movement, pull the handle back to accelerate quickly and lift the front wheel off the ground.
- Meanwhile, lean back to increase the lift and rear up even more. It takes a little practice not to overdo it, so always try to start small.
- Rotate your hand slightly forward and without pressing the handle before rotating it backwards. This will facilitate the throttle movement, as well as putting your elbow at a proper angle for lifting the bike.
Step 5. Advance the bike to balance it
After taking the front wheel off the ground, you'll have to keep your balance in order to keep prancing. Put your body weight back, lowering the center of gravity, and use the rear brake and handle to tilt it back and forth as needed.
If you feel at any point that the motorcycle is turning and that it might fall on you, depress the rear brake immediately. This stops the bike from leaning and brings it back to the ground
Step 6. Lean forward and lower the front wheel back to the ground
The last step in rearing perfectly is the landing. Lean forward, lower the front wheel to the ground and stay firmly supported by the handlebars until you complete the movement. When both wheels are on the ground, relieve pressure on the handle to begin decelerating.
If you have to lower the front wheel quickly, place the handle in neutral and do not accelerate until the front wheel is about to touch the ground. Accelerate slightly before landing to soften it up
- Practice leads to perfection! It may take a while to reach perfect balance when prancing. Keep practicing and experimenting with different ways until you find the method that works best for you and your bike or motorcycle.
- If the used bike has rear shock absorbers, it can be more difficult to keep your balance. Remember this in practice and when choosing one for you.
- Riding a motorcycle is dangerous, especially when performing tricks like this. Always be very careful if you want to try to lift it, knowing that the risks are high.
- Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. For added safety, also wear protection on your knees and elbows.
- Do not try to lift a bicycle with clips. If she falls, you will have no choice but to accompany her fall.
- Get to know the legislation, as rearing the motorcycle can be configured as a traffic crime.