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Old 07-10-12, 06:48 PM   #1
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How do you ride a bike without your hands on the handle bars?

My question, it seems no matter how I practice I cannot do it.
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Old 07-10-12, 06:55 PM   #2
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You're just not bicycle material. Keep riding. One of these days, the bike will become part of your arse......
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Old 07-10-12, 07:13 PM   #3
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Tell me you're trolling?
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Your frame geo probably has too much trail (less stable) or some part of the front end is out of alignment.
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I learned by going down a long mild hill and letting go, catching myself, and letting go again until I could finally do it. That said, being able to ride no hands is useful in determining if a frame or fork is out of alignment, because you wont be able to.
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Old 07-10-12, 07:17 PM   #6
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Balance, practice, balance, practice.... etc.
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On my roadie, I'm able unclip to adjust my sidis on my handlebars using both hands. No seriously, it makes things interesting for the group midride when things get a bit bland.

Not trolling, I was inspired by a friend's 70 year old grandpa when I was a kid who would show off tying his keds while rounding a corner with both hands while on his old 10 speed.
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Coasting makes everything easier.
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It's a luxury that isn't needed through.

On fixed I can down a pbr and a chipotle burrito without touching the handlebars once.
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Old 07-10-12, 07:25 PM   #10
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I can't ride no hands with a freewheel but fixed it feelsgoodman
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As a beginner I found it a lot easier to do it while pedaling.
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Old 07-10-12, 07:32 PM   #12
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You should use a bike with a lower center of gravity, like a BMX bike, that way you can more easily build up your balance and the penalty for failing is not as steep if any considering you can put down both feet with ease.
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Old 07-10-12, 07:33 PM   #13
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It's a luxury that isn't needed through.

On fixed I can down a pbr and a chipotle burrito without touching the handlebars once.
I want to do that, I an so envious of those people. They can take the crappiest bike out there and still ride without their hands. Personally, I wanna learn on a SS, because IDK how to brake on a FG.
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Old 07-10-12, 07:50 PM   #14
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I learned how to ride with no hands when I was like...9, don't remember. Just practice??
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Old 07-10-12, 08:05 PM   #15
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I never could. Put together a new bike -- Salsa Vaya -- and now I can. It must be in the geometry but I don't know how.
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Old 07-10-12, 08:11 PM   #16
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Some bikes it's easy, most it's just a matter of enough speed, and some seem impossible, either from design or misalignment.
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I never learned as a kid, so I'm working on it now (at 31). It seems to be easiest on my fixed-gear mountain bike -- probably the healthy amount of trail keeping things stable and the constant "input" from my feet.
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to quote "Highlander": B.A.L.A.N.C.E.......balance!
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I want to do that, I an so envious of those people. They can take the crappiest bike out there and still ride without their hands. Personally, I wanna learn on a SS, because IDK how to brake on a FG.
It is not against the law to ride a FG with brakes, not sure if you knew that. I have front and rear brakes on mine.
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Agree w/ hairnet, riding no hands is easier when pedaling. The pushing of the pedal can help you balance. If you are falling to the right, push harder on the left; falling the left, push harder on the right.

Also, try to get as tall as possible before letting go. When your posture is straight up you can move your weight left/right easier than hunched over. Hug the stem of your bike and get as tall as possible. Then get taller by only touching the bars with your fingertips only. You won't have much control over your handlebars then, forcing you to steer and balance with your body. Then, let go.
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I can now take pictures and manually focus and change film all while riding my bike with no hands and its great. I enjoy seeing how far i can go no hands while in the city. also it makes it easier if you practice ride with one hand and then stake your other hand off and keep going on like that til you get it
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My last SS had a terrible headset and I could never ride without hands for more than a few seconds. And something about the geometry on my cargo bike makes it impossible. But on every other bike I've owned I can ride no handed all day.
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According to the prophecy of Merckx, you must seek the dark lord Lance in order to ride with no hands.
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It's a luxury that isn't needed through.

On fixed I can down a pbr and a chipotle burrito without touching the handlebars once.
I think the most I've done is take off my backpack and check something inside it, then put it back on.


The only way to do it on fixed, for me, is to get a head of speed first. After that, you gotta do it confidently or not at all, lean back...lean back...lean back...
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