Don't take your hands off the handlebars of your ebike !

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FlatSix911

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It lets you unhunch your crickety old back and stand up straight on the seat with your arms and shoulders relaxed dangling loosely at your sides.
Nice to do from time to time in relatively safe straight line situations. But of course, I did not do it until I was confident my ebike was straight line true.
I do this all the time to change positions and stretch when riding... just a matter of balance and confidence. ;)
 

FlatSix911

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Just had to post this... Look Ma, no Hands. Don't look at the mph... ;) :p
Learn how to balance and you will be a better cyclist.

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FlatSix911

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I noticed Micah was demonstrating his bike handling skills in the latest video review of the Serial 1 Harley Ebike... starts at 7:50 minutes. ;)

 
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Court

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@ki11a you ride with no handlebars?! How do you turn? o_O
I ride no-handed all the time in reviews... while filming, to demonstrate stability of the bike in question. I turn by applying pressure to the nose of the saddle and leaning with my body weight. I don't want to see anyone get hurt, but even riding a bicycle could be considered dangerous or a risk compared to walking, driving, or riding a trike.

Counter arguments... unicycle riders ride without hands 100% of the time, because they don't have handlebars. Some people make an entire career out of riding with no hands and no feet ;)

 

FlatSix911

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I ride no-handed all the time in reviews... while filming, to demonstrate stability of the bike in question. I turn by applying pressure to the nose of the saddle and leaning with my body weight. I don't want to see anyone get hurt, but even riding a bicycle could be considered dangerous or a risk compared to walking, driving, or riding a trike.

Counter arguments... unicycle riders ride without hands 100% of the time, because they don't have handlebars. Some people make an entire career out of riding with no hands and no feet ;)

Court, cool video... thanks for sharing. ;)

I think riders of all ages should practice bike handling skills including riding hands-free... very useful for adjusting clothing layers and refueling when riding.
 

Stefan Mikes

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I think riders of all ages should practice bike handling skills including riding hands-free...
I don't think so. It is inherently insecure.

(Our Road Code reads: "Section 11, Article 33, Paragraph 3: "A person riding a bike or a moped is forbidden to... (point 2) ...ride without holding the handlebar with at least one hand; and both feet should be planted on pegs or pedals"). Let me put it bluntly: riding without holding the handlebars is silly. No reasoning, excuses, or practical aspects will change this. If one wants to adjust clothing, grab for the water-bottle, then one hand should suffice. And stopping a bike is free.
 

Jetsfan901

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When going on long rides, I have a problem with my hands going numb. Had the same problem on my motorcycle when I owned one, my analog bike and now on my new Yamaha ebike. And yes, I do wear a good pair of padded gloves. So I do sometimes ride handsfree when I feel it is safe to do so just to get my hands back to normal. I actually find my Yamaha ebike more stable then my Specialized analog bike. And it is only for a very short period of time that I do this..
The Redshift ShockStop does seem to help on the ebike somewhat preventing the numbness...
 

FlatSix911

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I don't think so. It is inherently insecure.

(Our Road Code reads: "Section 11, Article 33, Paragraph 3: "A person riding a bike or a moped is forbidden to... (point 2) ...ride without holding the handlebar with at least one hand; and both feet should be planted on pegs or pedals"). Let me put it bluntly: riding without holding the handlebars is silly. No reasoning, excuses, or practical aspects will change this. If one wants to adjust clothing, grab for the water-bottle, then one hand should suffice. And stopping a bike is free.
Stephan, I respect your opinion on this question... different strokes for different folks here and not everyone is comfortable riding hands-free.

For those that are comfortable, confident, and have many years of road experience and racing, it's a great option to have another riding position. ;)
 

como813

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my como is terribly good hands-free. well balanced. i'm sure the wide tires and mid drive motor have something to do with it. i can also do hands-free lean forward, arms back, (balance test) pedaling or not, and its stays perfectly straight....so far....
 
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