So, I'm 6.3 and at 280 lbs at this moment. I'm riding my entire life, " I'm an cyclist...hi lopek77", and I even ended up in the hospital twice because my leg muscles just quit when I was younger.
It was a lot of fun riding hands free when I learned how to do it. Then it became a very convenient trick when I needed to "stretch" my spine or to drink/eat during the ride. I was able to ride hands free any distance, and on any bike, including folding bikes with small wheels, and big old school bikes, road bikes and mountain bikes with much bigger wheels... All my bikes were either too big or too small as far as I remember and what I know today about proper bike fitting. They were also very heavy steel frames, rims...well, everything was either rubber, plastic or steel, and I was 180 lbs at most. Still, I didn't have any issues with riding them hands free and having a lot of fun doing it.
Now, with properly fitted and in the right size bikes, I almost can't ride hands free. I just can't keep the ballance.
I know that wheels and their rotating mass create gyroscopic effect along with other forces, that helps to keep bike stable.
I have no issues riding hands free on crappy, old, heavy or too small bikes though...
My bikes are relatively light weight, with pretty light wheels/tires.
So, am I sitting way too high with all my weight/size and that makes my bikes "unstable" - high center of gravity issue?
Or is it the lack of the gyroscopic effect from light weight aluminum wheels and light weight tires?
Or is it the mix of both or something totally different?
This thing bothers me a lot for some reason. No idea how to explain. One thing I did notice, it's easier, actually the only way to balance the bike if I "squeeze" my seat with my tights. I don't remember the need for that on any other bikes in the past, and I didn't need to do that on my neighbors Next steel bike.
I will appreciate any logical, unlogical, outside of the box feedback lol