Look Ma, No Hands!

Bicycling (South Africa) - - My Bikes -

Even if you aren’t toss­ing up a vic­tory salute, no-handed rid­ing is a good skill to have: you can more eas­ily re­move lay­ers or re­fuel, and it will im­prove your bike con­trol in ev­ery po­si­tion since it re­quires ma­noeu­vring the bike from your hips. To learn it, find a flat and open area of pave­ment or grass. Then fol­low these steps from skills in­struc­tor Har­lan Price of TakeAim Cy­cling. 1.

Start ped­alling and choose a gear that al­lows you to main­tain pres­sure on the ped­als at a com­fort­able ca­dence. Move your sit bones to the back of the sad­dle.

2.

“Main­tain a steady, run­ning speed so the gy­ro­scopic ef­fect of the wheels

helps you stay bal­anced,” says Price. “If you’re go­ing too slowly, your body is do­ing all the bal­anc­ing.” As you con­tinue to pedal, start to take pres­sure off your hands by un­hing­ing from your hips with a straight spine, grad­u­ally sit­ting into an up­right po­si­tion. Ex­per­i­ment with

less pres­sure on the bar, mov­ing from your palms to your fin­ger­tips to hov­er­ing your hands as you get more com­fort­able.

3.

Re­mem­ber to sit up and back through­out the move. “You want to have a re­ally snooty, up­right pos­ture,” says Price. “If you stay

hinged for­ward and just pull your hands off the bar, you’re not re­ally bal­anced – you’re just hold­ing your­self up with your core.”

4.

Keep your eyes for­ward to main­tain a smooth line of travel, and steer by gen­tly piv­ot­ing your hips in the di­rec­tion you want to go.

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