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.


About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.


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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