Riding No-Handed, Lesson 3: Turns

See how easy it is? And you don’t have to bother with the silly costume. I didn’t get where I am today by bothering with silly costumes.

By now you’re all out there riding your bikes without using your hands, right? Well, maybe not. But if any of you are doing it, you may have wondered, “How do I make a turn?”

It’s not that hard, once you’re able to ride no-handed in a straight line. Remember that, once you attain a certain speed, your bike has natural tendencies to remain upright and keep on going forward for as long as the momentum lasts.

Turning is simple–so simple, in fact, that it’s kind of hard to describe how to do it. But I’ll try.

All you have to do is lean a little in the direction you want to go. Not too much! In fact, it’s not so much leaning as it is just shifting your weight a little. If you lean too far, you’ll have a fall. Remember, if your bike starts to wobble, all you have to do is put your hands back on the handlebars and regain control.

Lean a tiny bit to the left or to the right, and your bike will go that way. Don’t try to turn too sharply. And in the beginning, it’s easier to turn when you’re coasting than when you’re pedaling.

All it takes is confidence, a cool head, and a bit of nerve. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is. And I might add that left turns are a little easier to make than right turns. Politicians have always known this, to their countries’ detriment.

So now you’re ready, and my store of knowledge of this subject is exhausted.

Enjoy it! There’s nothing more soothing and relaxing than to cruise along no-handed on your bicycle.

3 comments on “Riding No-Handed, Lesson 3: Turns

  1. Sounds pretty much the same as turning on a motorcycle 🙂 Although I don’t ride, that’s what my husband says. Have fun!

    1. I never rode a motorcycle, but I’ve heard this said.
      Now, riding a motorcycle no-handed… That strikes me as overly daring.

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