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How To Ride a Bike Without Holding on To the Handlebars

Watch more Bike Riding Tips videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to ride a bike without holding on to the handlebars with these instructions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Riding a bike with no hands can be dangerous, and in some places may be illegal. Practice in an open space free of obstacles. Always wear safety gear including a helmet and ride on designated bike paths away from traffic. Step 1: Start riding Start riding your bike on a long, straight path at a medium speed. Be sure to wear a properly fitted helmet. Tip A moderate speed is key. Go too slow and you will wobble and lose your balance. Go too fast and you won't be able to perceive obstacles in time to avoid them. Step 2: Keep pedaling Keep your feet rotating the pedals and keep looking ahead at the road as you execute the next move. Step 3: Lift hands As you pedal, gently push both hands off the bars at the same time and sit up straight. Tip Sitting up straight is critical -- if you hover your whole body over the front of the bike, you will lose your balance. But, until you are comfortable, keep your arms extended in front of your body, ready to grab the bars again. Step 4: Pedal Once you have lifted your hands successfully, you will need to keep pedaling to maintain momentum. Once you are comfortable keeping your balance you can try coasting, too. Step 5: Adjust balance Squeeze your inner thighs against the bike seat and frame to keep the center of gravity and realign or steer the direction of the bike. Step 6: Steer Steer with no hands by shifting your weight and leaning the bike rather than turning the handlebars. Step 7: Practice Practice sitting up straight and relaxed as you ride with no hands for longer and longer intervals. Before you know it, you'll be able to dodge potholes and take off your jacket -- all while riding with no hands. Did You Know? Staying upright with no hands is possible partly because bicycle wheels suspended between the metal forks are like gyroscopes -- when spinning fast, they will stay in the same plane of rotation unless acted upon by an outside force.
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