Pro tips for making manuals easy.
The first key to manuals is keeping your body centered over the bike. We are sure you have tried them for hours, only to hook a tight turn or pull into the bike sideways, so works on getting all your limbs on the same page. Since you will be pushing with your legs and pulling with your arms at the same time, learning to move your limbs evenly and smoothly is important. When you are ready, roll at a comfortable speed and smoothly roll your body weight back over the rear wheel, while simultaneously pulling with your arms and pushing with your legs to bring the front tire up off of the ground. When you get the hang of the right amount of lean and adjustment to find your balance point, the natural reaction is to freeze and “not screw it up”, but manuals require constant input from the rider, so be ready to move. Keeping your arms and legs slightly bent will allow you to adjust, pushing out with your legs to move your body weight back if the front end begins to fall, or sucking them in to move your body weight forward if your front end begins to lift up to high. Work on small even movements and get plenty of practice and you should be manualing like a champ in no time. If you are still having trouble, set goals for yourself, like the lines in a parking lot or on the sidewalk, start with one and work your way up, always pushing yourself towards a new personal best. Good luck.