Wheelie Skills and More - Erik Kondo

Updated: Jan 11, 2019

A wheelie is maintained by balancing the wheelchair’s Center of Mass directly over the wheelchair’s rear axle.

Performing a wheelchair wheelie is mostly a nonconscious process executed by your cerebellum. Your cerebellum learns through experiencing physical actions and direct feedback. In order to most effectively teach your cerebellum, your prefrontal cortex needs to conceptually understand the wheelie learning process such that you can replicate the physical movements that will lead to cerebellum learning.

When you can’t perform a wheelie, you don’t know what it looks and feels like for your wheelchair to be balanced in a wheelie. You need to experience this position since getting into it is your goal. Once your prefrontal cortex knows what this position feels like, you can artificially replicate this position so that your cerebellum can get direct experience. Your cerebellum doesn’t care how you got into the balanced wheelie position, it just needs you in the wheelie position to start the ingraining process.

What you will Need

2 Bath Towels

1 Spotter (Friend or Family Member)

Your Phone Camera

Balancing Tips

​Falling Backwards = Move Wheels Backwards

Falling Forwards = Move Wheels Forwards


Fold your Towel 8 times


Fold your Towel 4 times


Fold your Towel 2 times

Progress Photos

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