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Tailwhips are possibly one of the first impressive tricks that people learn. They
usually use gyros and often are done as double tailwhips or multiple moving tailwhips
(SEE: Pinky Squeaks / Whiplashes).
This will just give you instruction on the basic foot in the tire tailwhip.
- While rolling at a fairly slow pace with both feet either on the pegs OR pedals bring
your left foot over the top tube (so both feet are now on the same side of the
bike- this is called a can-can) and
JAM it between the fork and the top of your front tire sideways (big toe towards the front
of the bike) and at the same time grab both your front and rear brakes (this
is shown very well in the video!). Sideways
means about an inch behind your big toe so the ball of your foot will be on the tire when
the frame spins around.
- As soon as your foot is jammed in, kick
(see note below on this!) the frame around.
- FAQ: I try to kick the frame but it doesn't go anywhere!
- ANSWER: Weave slightly into the trick. If you are just turning the bike to
the right when you stick your foot in the tire it gives the bike some momentum. Then
KICK means TWIST your hips sharply and PUSH the bike to the left and forward. Don't
really kick the frame in a quick motion like a soccer ball it is more like a push.
If you twist your hips then you can REALLY get your weight into it and it will allow you
to keep your foot pushing the frame around longer.
- Now that the frame is going around put all of your weight on your left foot on the tire
and bring your right foot around to catch the frame. The hard part of
this trick is to learn to get your weight centered over the front
wheel. If you kick the frame around instead of pushing it (as
described above) then you will really be in trouble for learning this trick
until you learn to push the frame around.
- Your right foot, which will be catching the frame doesn't do anything
besides hang out waiting for the frame to come around. Typically
you push so far with your right foot that while the frame is going around
you are bringing your right foot into the position to catch the frame- but
mostly it just dangles in the air helping you balance.
- Put your right foot on top of the top tube as soon as you can reach it
with your foot. Don't over
stretch, but you can actually stick your foot about 1/4th the way around the frame and pull
yourself out of the trick or pull the frame the rest of the way around
sometimes... try not to make it your habit.
- As soon as the rear wheel hits the ground and your weight is over the bike pull your
foot out from the tire and release the brakes as your left foot steps down on the pedal.
NOTE: If you have problems doing it this direction go ahead and try it the other
direction. Or learn it both directions. It will only make you better!
If you have a question about this trick please feel free to e-mail
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