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Can You Bike No-Handed?

Back in junior high, riding your bike no-handed was an essential skill. It was beyond cool to clap when singing John Cougar Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane" while biking with a posse of like-minded girls. As I've aged, I've lost my chops and maybe gained some fear; I like to bike keeping at least one hand connected to my bike. But I have been inspired by the pros in the Tour de France — the double arm-pumping after winning a stage, but also two-handed tasks like handling a bag of food or removing a layer of clothes — to regain my lost youth this lost skill.

I am working on riding sans hands on my quiet, slightly sloped street and hopefully I will get the hang of it soon. What about you?

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michelleb1814 michelleb1814 4 years
It took me 20 years to perfect riding with one hand... One day I'll be able to do no hands!
Cris1192 Cris1192 5 years
runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 5 years
Even if you said yes, that may not be true for a racing bike. These bikes are so sensitive and your weight is so far forward. No hands on one of these bikes is incredible impressive.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
When I was a kid I could, and still could on a mountain bike! But on my road bike, I think it would be way harder. I haven't really tried, but I guess I should.
Merlin713 Merlin713 6 years
It takes practice and an ability to let go of whatever fear you have of going no handed. I can't remember when I started going no handed. It just happened when I was very little.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 6 years
nope. i've tried so many times, but i can't!
Food Food 6 years
I'm a horrible biker. I can't bike no-handed, or even standing up. :-( I want to change that! Does it just take practice? I just don't get it!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
Hell no, I can barely ride a bike let alone go no handed. :scared:
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
i remember living in the netherlands, people would eat, chat on cell phones, read etc whilst riding a bike using no hands; i think they treat their bikes like a car!
amber512 amber512 6 years
I am NOT that coordinated.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Only when I'm resting my arms on the aero bars ;)
Beaner Beaner 6 years
No, but I've tried and tried and have always wanted to. My hubby can ride and even turn with no hands. It's amazing to me.
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