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Old 11-14-03, 10:52 AM
Rich Clark
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There are situations where it's useful and sometimes even necessary to ride no-handed. But that's not my point.

My point is that if you take your hands off the bars and your bike starts going in an unintended direction, then there's either something wrong with the bike or something lacking in your skill level, because bikes are controlled by balance.

If you really can't ride no-handed on a properly functioning bike, practice until you can. You will discover than even if you rarely actually need to, your overall bike-handling skill will have improved. It's part of the same set of skills and reflexes that contribute to track-standing, curb-hopping, bunny-hopping and other bike-control techniques.

Training: 2002 Fuji Roubaix Pro (105 triple)
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