Blake Builds A Manual Trainer

Blake Builds A Manual Trainer


– Welcome back you beautiful people. And today, well, I’m all on my own because I thought this
is worthwhile filming. Because I wanna build one
of these manual trainers. These manual machines. They’re all over the YouTube. People are building these things to perfect their manualing
skills at a static position so you don’t have to ride along
to pull up the front wheel to get into manual. So today, I’m gonna kill that curiosity. I’ve got some wood. I’m gonna build one and I’m gonna show you how you can actually
build one of these things so you can do it at home. Before we go any further,
you’re gonna need some essential tools to
help you build this machine. First off, you need one of these. Then you need one of these You’re gonna have to mark
all those measurements so you need a pencil. Grab yourself a straight edge or one of these right edge ruler things, so you can draw a straight line, so you can get a straight cut. Talk about cutting, you’re
gonna need one of these. One of these to cut that wood. If you’re young, you’ll
be using one of these, but with parental guidance
you can use one of these. And then to screw it all together you’re gonna need some screws. That’s it. That’s all you need to start
off with building this. But wait, I forgot something, wood. Yes, we can’t forget about the wood. So I bought two planks of four by two. This is definitely gonna help
you build a steady structure. And for the base I bought a six by two. Because you wanna lay
your bike on top of this. You wanna put your tires, they’re gonna be resting on this. So this is gonna be your base plate. Let’s get cutting. Base plank, six by two
is down on the floor. Now you’re gonna need your bikes. So what I’m gonna do is I’m
gonna put my front wheel as far forward as possible so it’s still resting on the plank. Then whatever excess is left
over of that whole plank I’m gonna use that because you want that. Because that’s gonna give
you stability on the back. So when you’re pushing back it’s not gonna just all topple over. So that’s the first step. I’m gonna measure that mark here. And then move onto the next step. Marked it. Now I know where my rear wheel’s gonna go. Now I’m gonna get, I’m
gonna cut some of the wood. I’m gonna cut a piece of this six by two. I bought two planks and
I’m gonna use another plank to cut the back end of the board. So that’s gonna be the upright, so where the wheel is gonna rest against. Okay, so that measurement
you need for that back plate, for that rear wheel to lean against when you’re pulling back up on that bike, is from ground level, you wanna measure up to about, round about to here. You don’t wanna have it too high because when you’re leaning back you don’t want your bum to
hit the top of that wood. 50, 51 centimeters. (loud sawing) (soft music) Okay, so that’s my back plate. This is where your back wheel
is gonna be leaning against. So that’s perfect. It’s a good height. It’s not too high, it’s not too low. So you don’t fall out of it. That’s pretty good. Now I’m just gonna screw that in and then build this, the trough for your rear wheel to go into. (soft music) (drilling) It’s looking good. (clapping) Perfect. I’m gonna put some wood here on the other side so the
wheel is jammed in there. Put some 45 degree angles here. Brace that, so it doesn’t just
break when I lay back on it. Put some support on the side. And then we’re done. So this is where that rear
wheel is gonna sit in. I’m not gonna do the whole length. I’m gonna measure up. I’m gonna put the bike back in here. So the bike’s in there nice and snug. I’m gonna mark it about, (lip smacking) about here. If you’ve got a 26 inch you
wanna do this on a jump bike, then you can. You can do it on a BMX. You can do it with a 29 inch, just make sure you measure it so it’s not too big or not too small. You want it to be a nice snug fit. (soft music) (sawing) All right. (laughing) Looking good! Now I’m jut gonna screw that in. Get it nice and level. Screw that in. Put a bit in here as well. Screw that bit in as well. Tire is ready to go in. We’re nearly there, man. We are nearly there. It’s super easy to do. That’s straight. (drilling) (soft music) I’m gonna put the bike in. See what it looks like. So far, so good. And so easy. I’ve only done like, I’ve
done three measurements. 50 centimeters for the back plate, 62 centimeters for the two, four by twos for the wheel trough. And that’s it. (soft music) (sawing) (drilling) Wheel trough done. Now the tire’s gonna fit in
there snug as a bug in a rug. (laughs) Now the next bit. This is super important bit, because now we’re gonna
make these brackets that stops this from bending down, well basically smashing out the back end and you fall on your ass. So what we’re gonna do is
gonna cut some 45 degree angles and we’re gonna place them,
one here and one over there. Basically brace this section up. (soft music) So 38, I’m gonna go 38 centimeters. (sawing) That’s the cool thing about these things. They’ve got these. That’s a 45, that’s a 90. Probably teaching you how to suck eggs, but if you didn’t know
what those angles are for. That’s what they’re for. So I’m gonna go to the corner there. Let’s do a bit more, there. 45 degree angle, boom. And this one we have to do this way. (sawing) Okay, look at that. That’s gonna go in there like that. Sweet as a nut. On either side. And that’s gonna give this back plate a hell of a lot more support. Pretty happy with that. Just gonna screw it in. (finger snap) (drilling) Let’s give it a test. (grunting) (laughing) That’s not going anywhere. I might put a screw in
the back here and here. Just give it a little bit more support. Because I don’t wanna fall over. (drilling) Way, way stronger. Way stronger. Right, let’s move on to the wings. Okay, so what I mean by wings is, take a look at this. See your bike’s in there. It’s all nice and rigid. It’s standing up level. But look at this. That’s not safe. So what we’re gonna do, so I’m gonna use the
left over bits of wood that I’ve got. That I’ve purchased. And I’m gonna build
some wings on this thing and that’s gonna give it
a hell of a lot of support and that, my friends is the last step on building the manual machine. The manual trainer. And then I’m gonna have a go on it. I’m pretty excited about this. Pretty excited, Okay, my last, last piece
of wood for that there. And that’s a bit too much wingage. I don’t want that much of a wing. I want it to be quite portable so I can put it in my garage
or leave it in my shed at home. So, I wanna be like 50
centimeters each side. And 50 there. So, I’m gonna go 50,
so half a meter there. So 50 centimeters there. Plus 14 and add another 50 on there. So that’s one meter 14 bit of wood that you need to cut for the wing. (sawing) All right. (laughing) The wings. (drilling) Now, we just need to address this. All right, 10 centimeters for the feet. Now I’m gonna put these under here. A little bit more support. (drilling) (laughing) It’s finished. (laughing) That didn’t take me long at all. It took me an hour. I’m gonna put down my tools. Because I’m super curious
to how this thing works. It looks amazing. It looks like a good a
position to wash my bikes if this thing doesn’t work anyway. Let’s try it. A bit nervous. I’m a bit nervous. Not gonna lie. Oh wow, oh wow. Oh look, there’s the balance. Oh my gosh, no brakes. (laughing) Wow, no way! That worked straight away. Because I know how to manual. So I know the technique
and I found it super easy and confident to do it on this thing. Instead of going peddling and
then doing it down the hill. Oh man, this thing works. Now my curiosity is killed. Now I know why they make these videos. Because that thing works like a dream. All right, if you wanna know, if you’re struggling with manuals, you gotta build one of these for sure. I’ll leave all my technical questions and all that technical gobbins and all the measurements
in the description for you guys to go and
follow to make one of these. But if you wanna know how to use manuals out there on the trail, click over here where we did that video. Smash that globe if you
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