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Bike Commute Diaries: Look Ma, No Hands!

21 Feb

Commuting to work on a lightly used bike path means I can play like a kid again, like seeing how long I can ride no-handed. It’s more challenging as a grown-up with a heavy laptop bag hanging on one side of my rear rack.

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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Commute Diaries

 

6 responses to “Bike Commute Diaries: Look Ma, No Hands!

  1. jillycube

    February 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I still can’t get over being afraid of doing the no-hands riding thing TTATT

     
  2. ladyfleur

    February 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    It helps if you find a quiet spot like the Guadalupe Trail where if you swerve it’s not a problem. Also, I recommend shifting up to a slightly harder gear. The extra resistance makes it easier to balance.

     
  3. Richard Masoner (@cyclelicious)

    February 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I challenge you to a no hands race on the GRT! Last to crash wins!

     
    • ladyfleur

      February 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      No way. You’d win for sure. Unless maybe we put a big heavy bag on one side of your bike too.

      I don’t think I’d dare that steep descent under 880 with or without the bag. Would you?

       
      • Richard Masoner (@cyclelicious)

        February 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm

        That new bollard at 880 makes things interesting for sure.

         
      • ladyfleur

        February 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm

        The new bollard is evil enough on its own. I don’t quite get the point of it since there are bollards up top on the road. Maybe it will keep out cop cars I’ve seen coming down that hill before.

         

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