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Old 08-22-05, 08:11 PM   #1
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Signalling on my Boardwalk

I just got a Dahon Boardwalk D7 this past Saturday and I've taken two test rides. Keep in mind I haven't ridden a bike in a long time. Goal is a 10 mile commute.

Anyway, I'm having a tough time with the hand signals. I can do it okay at a casual pace in a parking lot but at any reasonable speed I can't take a hand off the handlebars safely to point left or right. No way can I do it slowing down. At first I thought it was just me being a n00bz0r but I recently read a review of the Boardwalk where the author, an experienced cyclist, said he had a hard time signalling because, he said, of the funky shape and in particular because of the handlebars. Though I haven't ridden a full-sized bike in many years I can see how the extended handlebars and small wheels together would make the bike much more in need of constant handlebar supervision compared to a full-size bike.

What do you all think? I'm one of those freaks who, in a car, will signal a turn on a deserted road at 4 am, and if signalling is feasible on my bike then I'm all for it, but if there's a limitation inherent to the bike design then I can let it go.
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Old 08-22-05, 08:25 PM   #2
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Yeah man...all I can say is just practice with the bike. That thing does look unweildy but you should get used to it eventually. The reviewer was also just "trying it out" so he was just starting to ride it as well. Practice makes perfect...eventually it'll be easier to signal.
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