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    Can you ride with no hands?

    on your folder? I can't. Too twitchy.
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    Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.

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    No. But then i seem to have lost that art with age anyhow. I cant even do it on my LHT which is supposed to be easy to do it with.
    Heck its hard to use only one hand, on my Brompton.

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    yes on current Tikit, no on formerly owned Dahon

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    Yes I can on my NWT also when is full loaded and also with a trailer no problem at all
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    No.
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    No - Brompton
    Nearly - Birdy

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    My Moulton Mk III is just stable enough to ride hands-free, though I won't be making a habit of it. I actually (discreetly) ride it hands-free when I was test riding it just to see if it tracked straight.

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    Strida... no way, man.

    Downtube Mini... not really. With a 2" Big Apple tire in front and a 1" Primo Comet in back, I can; this shifts the frame geometry just enough to make it possible. It's still twitchy, though, and I am usually wearing a heavy shoulder bag (messenger bag) that throws my balance off enough to make no-hands steering pretty tricky. Anyway, those 1" Primo Comet tires are so fragile I don't use 'em anymore. With 1.5" Schwalbe Marathons it's not as easy. Now I'm using a 1.95 Maxxis Hookworm in back, and no-hands steering is not really an option.

    Raleigh Twenty... yes, after I straightened out the fork bend a little bit to increase trail.

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    On my strida? hell no! I don't need scrapes and bruises doing silly things like that.

    on my cousin's non name folder that looks like a dahon.... no still twitchy.

    It's all in the geometry in these folders that make the steering quick but the stability goes down with it also.

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    Yes on the NWT.

    No on the Downtube Mini.

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    you really shouldnt on any kind of folder ......
    we want y'all to be around and buy many more folders and accessories :-)

    this is a Dahon ...... as I said no way I suggest you to do that :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP7cE...os=T0EJ9T3OVVA

    its actually a pretty nice song




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    ^^^


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    The stock Twenty is virtually impossible to ride no handed because of the unusual headset that has a nylon bushing in the upper to provide steering damping... after replacing these with a proper headset the Twenty is a fairly easy bike to ride with no hands.

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    not on my brompton

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    Only for short distances with little wind and on a very smooth asphalt. The 20" front wheel with kojak tires is just too shaky to be able to do it for long, but just long enough to stretch out the old back...

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    Strida? No way, I love my balls...

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    On the Reach as easy as in my full size bike, turning tight corners and speed bumps no problem

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    I can't ride no handed on my slack-angled, long wheelbase Raleigh DL-1. I can do it briefly, but really, not for too long.
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Senior Member Folding-Bikes's Avatar
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    And here is proof:


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    .Not me, on any bike, I countergyrate , or maybe antigravatate. Either way I've never been comfortable doing it.
    While waking yesterday I saw a man (full sized bike) riding quite contently with both hands in his jacket pockets.
    Crossed a busy street, swung up to the sidewalk to avoid traffic, then back to the street. That was enough of a thrill for me.
    But it gave my wife and I something to laugh about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddez View Post
    No. But then i seem to have lost that art with age anyhow. I cant even do it on my LHT which is supposed to be easy to do it with.
    Heck its hard to use only one hand, on my Brompton.
    It's easier on the LHT WITH full panniers front and back. I can do it with or without the panniers definitely easier when loaded.

    I'm still folderless so no idea there.
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    No hands, then no bike, then no brain - full circle, as no brain leads to no hands.

    I dare occasionally to remove one hand from the bars to grab my water bottle, or to let the automobile behind me know my plans. Even that I do only for a few seconds.

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    yes ,at a push. Mezzo.
    Dahon Curve= no,
    Onza Mini =never tried.
    Downtube= yes.
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    Bikes; dual drive Mezzo X2 bullbar previously owned brompton with mods. Also 3 birdies + downtube FS

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    Sure, but not very long. Too twitchy to be safe.

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