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Old 07-26-08, 11:52 AM   #1
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Trouble with hand signaling

Well, i only just found out how to ride a bike 5 days ago but i have this problem hand signaling. I have a bike with flat handlebars that requires me to be in a crouching position. There was so much pressure pushing against the handlebars that i would get blisters without gloves.

Since i am leaning on the handle bars so much, letting go of my left hand makes me go completely out of balance. I have been practicing hand signaling everyday but this seems to be impossible to learn. Do any of you Clydes/Athenas have this same problem? Im afraid that if i don't get signaling down, ill be meeting a semi tire.
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Old 07-26-08, 11:58 AM   #2
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Well, i only just found out how to ride a bike 5 days ago but i have this problem hand signaling. I have a bike with flat handlebars that requires me to be in a crouching position. There was so much pressure pushing against the handlebars that i would get blisters without gloves.

Since i am leaning on the handle bars so much, letting go of my left hand makes me go completely out of balance. I have been practicing hand signaling everyday but this seems to be impossible to learn. Do any of you Clydes/Athenas have this same problem? Im afraid that if i don't get signaling down, ill be meeting a semi tire.
First of all, just relax, I dont think you should be leaning on the bars so much. Maybe your bike needs refit. I ride a road bike and commute to work. I do the best I can signaling but I dont risk crashing or busting a tire. Part of it is to keep in mind they will all run over you wehtere you signal or not, signaling just helps. Most intersections have gravel, road debris like car parts, glass potholes lots of vehicles, etc, lots of things to be aware of. Signal but be in control of you and your bike.
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Old 07-26-08, 12:07 PM   #3
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I agree. This sounds like there is something wrong with the way the bike is fitted to you. All standard bicycles work best whent he ride is in a somewhat leaned over position, but if the handlebars are too low, or the frame is too small the bike will not feel right.

Also, your saddle should be level with the horizon if viewed from the side - or slightly nose up. Having the saddle nose down will force your weight forward and put waaay more pressure on your hands In my experience, this is the primary problem for 90% of people who complain of too much pressure on their hands. If your seat is uncomfortable level or slightly nose up then get a new seat!

Also, your seat should be at a height where you leg is almost completely straight at the bottom of the pedal stroke. Too high or too low will cause problems.
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Old 07-26-08, 12:27 PM   #4
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Well, i only just found out how to ride a bike 5 days ago but i have this problem hand signaling. I have a bike with flat handlebars that requires me to be in a crouching position. There was so much pressure pushing against the handlebars that i would get blisters without gloves.

Since i am leaning on the handle bars so much, letting go of my left hand makes me go completely out of balance. I have been practicing hand signaling everyday but this seems to be impossible to learn. Do any of you Clydes/Athenas have this same problem? Im afraid that if i don't get signaling down, ill be meeting a semi tire.
Congratulations! I'm also an adult beginner, having only learned in December 2006.

This Clydesdale took the LAB course in Street Skills, which means I know how to signal, and signaled enough on the road exam to pass. But I doubt I've signaled, or needed to signal, more than a dozen times since then. In most cases lane positioning tells others on the road my intentions.

I'm more concerned about your position on the bike. Something sounds wrong with the fit. Are your elbows slightly bent while riding?

Please PM me, I'd like to help you in any way I can.
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When your legs are at the bottom of the crank stroke they should be almost completely straight. There is wiggle room in there for that, but it's the general rule of thumb. When your pedals are at the 3/9 oclock position your thigh should be almost parallel to the ground. This is info Ive gotten from browsing around other sites and it allowed me to do a basic fit. Your seat can can move forward and backward on its rails as well, so that can affect how your weight sits on the bars. A good pair of gloves helps (Pearl makes a par for around 20 bucks that is pretty nice) too.
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Well, i only just found out how to ride a bike 5 days ago but i have this problem hand signaling. I have a bike with flat handlebars that requires me to be in a crouching position. There was so much pressure pushing against the handlebars that i would get blisters without gloves.

Since i am leaning on the handle bars so much, letting go of my left hand makes me go completely out of balance. I have been practicing hand signaling everyday but this seems to be impossible to learn. Do any of you Clydes/Athenas have this same problem? Im afraid that if i don't get signaling down, ill be meeting a semi tire.
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Well, i only just found out how to ride a bike 5 days ago but i have this problem hand signaling. I have a bike with flat handlebars that requires me to be in a crouching position. There was so much pressure pushing against the handlebars that i would get blisters without gloves.

Since i am leaning on the handle bars so much, letting go of my left hand makes me go completely out of balance. I have been practicing hand signaling everyday but this seems to be impossible to learn. Do any of you Clydes/Athenas have this same problem? Im afraid that if i don't get signaling down, ill be meeting a semi tire.
New riders start with a death grip on the handle bars. I did.
Stand up and coast. This will increase your balance to use one hand when you are sitting.
Shift to a high gear and stand to pedal. Increases Balance, Blood Flow Everywhere.
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You should not rest much weight on the bars. Adjusting the seat angle might help. You may need a stem extension to raise the handlebars, or a bigger bike. Local bike shop can get it straight. You'll have more problems if you don't fix it (numb hands, nerve damage?). And don't forget to do some stretching of that one finger, in case you have to 'signal' a cager...(just kidding, not wise!)
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