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    Domestic Domestique UnsafeAlpine's Avatar
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    Can you ride no handed?

    I've had a 6 month break in my riding since I learned to ride. I was shocked when I ran across people that can't ride no handed. I thought it was something that everyone that rides a bike does.

    So, can you?

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    Depends on which bike I'm riding.
    The XtraGiant, yes unloaded, no chance with a load.
    Beach cruiser and bomber, oh yeah, no problem.
    Mountain bike, no chance.
    Commuter--sorta, I can take my hands off of the bars but not for long, and I can't begin to steer it without hands.

    {edit** it's not all bike geometry and loading.
    The clone can ride my commuter without hands no problem and is passable on the mountain bike.
    No one can ride the loaded giant without hands.
    Last edited by Allen; 01-10-09 at 10:23 AM.

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    I was also surprised that many people can't.

    Then again, I can't play a musical instrument, even though I am otherwise very coordinated (20 years of fine finish carpentry prove that). We all have such different skillsets. Go figure.
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    Yes. Yes I can.

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    Yes. It's a bit tricky on the mountain bike though. Especially with trailers. I might have pulled it of a couple time on Red Meadow Pass while trying to get some drive-by raspberries.

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    Yessum

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    Depends on the bike - my Trek 1500 or mtb have slightly longer trail.

    When I got my Merlin, as much as I love it, I found myself to be a little uncomfortable riding no handed (and I'm too old to crash just because I was goofing around).
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    Yes on the Burco, the three speeds, the road bikes.
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    I haven't tried on the small wheel fixie.
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    Yes but it depends on the bike.

    And I used to do it all the time as a kid, but then after a couple of major wrecks, I was too scared to do it again for quite some time...I just started again recently.
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    Yes on all my bikes.
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    Fork angle must be the thing. If it is quick handling it's harder to do no hands. My old 70's ten speed i used to use the nadlebrs to have someplace to put my hands. not so much now

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    I can, although I don't do it in the peloton.

    It's harder for me to do on the rollers. I think the e-motion rollers make it tougher because of the rubber band things.

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    Even on the rollers.......

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    Yes on all my bikes.

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    yes.
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    Of course. Hell, I can friggin masturbate no-handed.

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    Yep. When I smoked, I could pull out my pack and light one up while riding.

    When riding my fixed gear bike, it is fun slowing down with no hands....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
    Yep. When I smoked, I could pull out my pack and light one up while riding.

    When riding my fixed gear bike, it is fun slowing down with no hands....
    I was coming back from school on my fixie one day. Hit all the green lights and managed to not touch the handlebars over the 5 mile ride. I love that.

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    Bicycle no, motorcycle yes. Which is weird, since I've been riding bicycles much longer than motorcycles. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    Of course. Hell, I can friggin masturbate no-handed.
    You must be a Jedi.

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    I can, but some bikes are easier than others. The Cervelo always feels like I'm only barely keeping it under control when I do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaRow View Post
    You must be a Jedi.
    well thats what i wife is for. no hands needed

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    I've known several people who learned as kids, then forgot how in their years lost to cars.
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    Not w/o falling down. Honestly though, I've never put a great deal of effort into trying. I'm afraid of the faceplant that is sure to happen.

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