Re: [CR]Re: thread on change in styles

Example: Framebuilders:Brian Baylis

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Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2008 20:26:40 -0800
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Subject: Re: [CR]Re: thread on change in styles

> > From: Jan Heine <>
> In my experience, riders who can ride well with no hands on one
>bike can do it reasonably easily on any other bike, although they
>might take a couple of tries to get the hang of it on a bike that's
>radically different from what they're used to.

For unloaded bikes, I agree, although I have experienced some bikes that are much easier to ride no-hands than others.

Once you add a load, things look differently. I used to tour on a bike with a rear-loading geometry, but set up for front low-riders. The racks were flexible Blackburn racks. I pretty much accepted that riding out of the saddle was difficult, and riding no-hands impossible.

On a bike optimized for a front-end load and with a stiffer rack, I can ride no-hands with a load heavier than anything I ever carried on the Blackburn racks. I can ride that bike for miles no-handed, around corners and all.

Similarly, there are not many tandems I dare to ride no-hands, but on some, it is easy enough. (However, I have never tried to go around corners no-hands on a tandem.)

So even though most "cannot ride no-hands" problems may lie with the rider, I would not discount the difference between bicycles.

Jan Heine Editor Bicycle Quarterly 140 Lakeside Ave #C Seattle WA 98122