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riding no hand on rollers?(10 posts)

riding no hand on rollers?elviento
Nov 13, 2002 10:57 AM
a local guy said he can do that, but I find it a bit hard to believe...
re: riding no hand on rollers?Qubeley
Nov 13, 2002 11:09 AM
I did that on my first day on roller! On my fixed gear bike.
It can be done. Easier to do with bigger gears. It's as ifbill
Nov 13, 2002 11:43 AM
you're starting again -- remember to focus at a point some 6-8 feet away, keep the upper body loose, be SMOOTH.
First take away one hand, hang it at your side. Relax the grip with the other. RELAX I said. Relax the shoulders, too. Lift up the other hand -- there you go.
I can go for several minutes no hands. Never really tried to set a record.
But not the first time on rollers on a fixie.
When you've mastered that, try changing jerseysStraightblock
Nov 13, 2002 11:58 AM
I did that a few times when I spent a lot of time on rollers & never fell. The only time I ever fell clear off was at an event at a college campus, in front of a crowd, just as my girlfriend came up to see me. She dumped me a short time later. I wonder if there was any connection?
For me, no hands is easierKillerQuads
Nov 13, 2002 12:11 PM
Riding no hands is easy on rollers. In fact, it is easier to balance no hands, since the bars do not get little steering inputs that start a wobble.

I have a step stool on the left side and the 5 foot high wall handle the right. I put the bike on the rollers and stand on the stool to click into both pedals (first right, then left), as I hold the wall handle with my right hand and the left top of the handle bar with my left hand.

I spin up to 30 mph in a 53/14 gear, at which time I can go no hands. I have the rollers pointed directly at the TV to maintain focus. I sit straight up and keep the center of gravity over the rear of the saddle. As in road riding, I use my body to steer no hands. To hold the bars, I keep up the speed and gradually and gently lower my torso to hold the tops of the handle bars near the stem. If you are tense, lowering your self down to the bars can cause a wobble. To go back to no hands, I push harder on the downstroke to help lift my torso upright and maintain speed. I can hold the wall handle gently (for reference, not so much for balance). In a roller session I ride about 75% on the bars and 25% no hands to give my back and pelvis a rest.

I used to do a few roller tricks. I used to start on cold days with two tee shirts. As I warmed up I would take off each tee shirt without stopping. An assistant can hand me two 10 lbs weights and I can do bicep curls on the rollers.

The secret is to maintain enough speed since it is the spinning wheels that keep you upright. Make sure you are in a high enough gear to maintain 28-34 mph. I find it easier to balance without any added magnetic resistance.
re: riding no hand on rollers?firstrax
Nov 13, 2002 1:16 PM
Some guy from the Mt Washignton hill climb video (available on Kazaa). What makes this interesting is he is running really low gears. Those of you with rollers know how hard it is to stay upright with low wheel speeds. This guy is only doing 15 max.
re: riding no hand on rollers?Thorman
Nov 13, 2002 5:07 PM
I think I've been spending more time riding no handed than with hands lately on my rollers. When I'm just spinning it seems to be more comfortable to ride no handed, especially when you're in front of a TV.

out of curiosity...Frith
Nov 13, 2002 6:36 PM
Could someone (or has someone) try riding with only one foot clipped in on the rollers... I'd try it myself but i don't own rollers. It's something i've been interested to know though.
Can do, but not with no hands! (nm)Stampertje
Nov 14, 2002 1:55 AM
re: riding no hand on rollers?pedaler98
Nov 14, 2002 3:32 AM
I can do that after riding rollers for three years and last year I learned to sprint while standing and I only put one mark on the wall to learn. definitely makes you smooth and careful, not all wild and out of control.