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Balance issues?(7 posts)

Balance issues?neverspeakingup
Oct 12, 2003 11:25 PM
Now, I've only been riding for about 6 months now, but I cannot, for the life of me, balance without my hands on the bars. Is this something I should be able to do by now, or whats the deal? The second I get my hands off the bars, my bike decides that it is not in a straight sort of mood, and I have to grab the bars again. I've tried it pedaling, going fast, slow, everything, its just not happening. Do i just have bad balance? I need to be able to do this, because I;m going to be putting on and off arm warmers here soon!

--Marcus
Possibly...PsyDoc
Oct 13, 2003 3:50 AM
...but, there is the possibility that your frame is out of alignment, which could cause the bike to "wander" when you take your hands off the bars. Or, perhaps you, unconsciously, clinch-up when you let go of the bars causing the bike to go one way or the other. You do not need to ride without your hands on the bars as there is the real potential for a crash. Why not simply stop to pull your arm warmers off? You would lose...what...about 15-30 seconds of riding time?
Let's count style points here...DrPete
Oct 13, 2003 4:43 AM
Stopping to pull off arm warmers: -5 style points

Kissing pavement after an endo while trying to pull off said arm warmers while on the move: -234,450 style points.

Just a thought...
+10 for an appropriate scream going down (nm)spluti
Oct 13, 2003 6:13 AM
Two options:innergel
Oct 13, 2003 6:50 AM
1. Grab the top tube between your knees. It should help to stabilize the bike from wandering.

2. Just push the arm warmers down around your wrists.
re: Balance issues?maximum15
Oct 13, 2003 8:50 AM
Possibly bike gemotery issues, especially rake and trail. For what its worth, my Trek 2300 is difficult to ride hands free without speed while my old Bianchi Trofeo is a breeze.
Bikes vary. But one key point to remember:OldEdScott
Oct 13, 2003 11:14 AM
For years and years, I couldn't ride no hands. Really bugged me. It seems like some personal, moral failing on my part.

One day I asked an old-timer about it. He said, "Try it and let me see what you're doing wrong." I tried, and the bike dove off to the left as usual.

"Only one problem you got," he said. "You're trying to steer by shifting the weight of your whole upper body. It's a lot more subtle than you're wanting to make it. Just clinch your ass the way you want to go and you'll be fine."