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What's it called when you pull a wheelie and hold it while you ride around on just the back wheel? I learned the term as a kid and I think it started with "c", but I could be wrong or the term could be wrong. It's been bugging me ever since I found this site and went through the glossary and Wikipedia's.

Edit: I'm specifically looking for something to distinguish riding on the back wheel from stopping on it (a manual). Both involve pulling up the front wheel (a wheelie). shufler's answer captures this distinction, so I'm just looking for other words for it at this point.

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    We always just called it a "wheelie". Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 1:38
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    As a kid in Australia, we called it a "mono"
    – asgeo1
    Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 9:48
  • wheelie is simply a peddling manual. you can't just pull up your front tire and call it a wheelie, there has to be some sort of balance point involved.
    – dotjoe
    Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 20:57
  • @dotjoe Can and do :P that's how I learned the word and how the people around me use it. Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 21:23
  • In Spain it s called "caballito" as in little horse. That matches your "c" constraint, but while it is not expressely expressed I assume you refer to an English word :)
    – gaurwraith
    Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 14:33

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Balancing on your back wheel (with the front wheel in the air) while pedaling is called a catwalk.

(Sorry about the wikihow link, it was the only source I found other than youtube)

Edit: It seems the wikihow link is dead. As far as I can tell a manual is leaning back and raising the tire but not pedaling. I found a couple of other links that make reference to it being called a catwalk:

Basic Bike tricks and Skills, user Wesley666 comments:

Not a Wheelie. Its a Cat Walk. A Wheelie you stay seated and ride on your back tire. If I am correct you actually stand up and pedal up and keep pedaling, which is a Cat Walk.

Learning how to catwalk wheelie -- this video is specific to a dirt bike.

It's very possible that catwalk is a regional term.

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  • I don't think that's the word I was thinking of, but +1 for matching all the info I had. I'll accept this if I don't get the "right" word. Commented Nov 29, 2011 at 23:03
  • That's the word we used growing up, probably a local thing. I never understood why though now that I think about it looks sort of like a cat trying to walk on its hind legs.
    – shufler
    Commented Nov 29, 2011 at 23:07
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    @shufler Can you possibly provide a source that does not require a login? Even after registering on that site, the link didn't take me there.
    – andy256
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 11:08
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    wikihow now requires a login to view, so I assume they've also pulled the open-source part from their copytheft terms. Another reason to make answers stand-alone and links only for further explanation.
    – Móż
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 0:13
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    I see @shufler hasn't visited Bicycles for a while, but he's active on other SE sites, from time to time. Since this is the accepted answer it would be helpful if it were updated.
    – andy256
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 2:10
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Pulling a wheelie and holding it - isn't that just a wheelie? Unless you have stopped pedaling, and then it becomes a 'manual' or 'manny'.

Manual:

Wheelie:

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  • Nope, I'm specifically looking for something to distinguish riding on the back wheel from merely pulling up the front wheel (wheelie) and stopping on it (manual). shufler's answer captures this distinction, so I'm just looking for other words for it at this point. I've added this clarification to the question. Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 17:22
  • Err.. I can't tell if we are arguing over the same thing here.
    – cmannett85
    Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 18:03
  • Manual: youtube.com/watch?v=sME1mhAnrf8&feature=related
    – cmannett85
    Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 18:03
  • Wheelie: youtube.com/watch?v=mhvuEa9CjBM
    – cmannett85
    Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 18:04
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    @MatthewRead cmannet is right - there are just different words. However, you are not being very clear, because you are saying 'stopping' which implies no movement - is the bike moving, or is it not? Peddling with the front tire in the air is a wheelie, no peddling with the front tire in the air is a manual.
    – cutrightjm
    Commented Dec 28, 2012 at 0:14

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