Q: Hi BMXperts, I weigh 36kg (79lbs) and can’t manual, is it because I’m to light?
A: If weight is what is holding you back, then it should be what is rocketing us into the manual history books as we have about a hundred pounds on you, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. Manuals are tough to learn and take time, but if you feel like you are having a harder time then others, you may want to look at your bike set up. If your bike is a little big for you, as with most riders in your weight range, then there are a few things you can do to help your manualing game out. Start by adjusting your bars so they are in line with your headtube. Many riders like to run them further forward but this requires a harder pull to get the front end off the ground, so line them up. Next, if you have the room in your rear dropout to take a link out of your chain to move your wheel up and shorten up your chainstay length (measured center of your bottom bracket to center of your axle), then this will make your manual life much easier. Try these tips and be sure to check out our other manual tips online.