RE: [CR]Riding no-handed

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Subject: RE: [CR]Riding no-handed
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2008 11:02:56 +0000
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In my experience; you don't ride a trike hands-off. The attempt can be a r eal heart-thumper! With a bike, some are different but doable. It just ta kes a little practice to familiarize oneself with the new handling. The sa me thing applies to track stands. Except that you can do them all day hand s-off on a trike. :-)

Paul Patzkowsky Longmont, Colorado> To:> From: biankita@comc> Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2008 05:52:16 -0500> Subject: [CR]Riding no-hande d> > One of the main contributors to being able to ride without hands is > practice. Years ago I used to ride for a few minutes at a time on > straigh t smooth roads without hands. Nowadays I wouldn't attempt it, > and there a re a few reasons why. I'm older and my body is more delicate > than it was when I was a teenager. Little accidents like twisting my > ankle, getting k nocked down in a wrestling match or hitting the > pavement take weeks not a
   day or so to recover from, so now I'm more > cautious. I've tried to ride hands free on every single one of my "new" > old steel classics and was abl e to do it, but there was always that > added element of fear, so I only at tempt it for a second or so. My > current old bikes may have tighter geomet ry than my old Atala of > teenage years but I still don't think that's the deal breaker. I think > if you payed me enough and if I were wearing a padd ed suit I could ride > any well tuned road bike a mile or so down the road without hands. I > would just need to practice it the way I did four decade s ago. > Nowadays, I just don't see the purpose. My body is more delicate a nd > the bikes I'm riding are rare and need to be preserved. If something >
   happens to them, all the money in the world can't bring back their > origi nal paint. We are riding bikes which will never be made again by > mass pro duction. Yesterday, I removed the bottom bracket on my > neighbor's Gianni Motta. He bought the thing for $300 bucks complete > with Campy kit and ful l pantograph from someone who didn't know any > better. He and I know that even if these old bikes could be purchased > for $3 dollars, we would still
   be in awe of them and have to work on > them very carefully, padding the b ottom bracket with rags when removing > the grease and filth encrusted Camp y lock ring. We are archeologists > carefully scraping the dirt off Archiop erix or Stegasaurus bones. We > are the curators of the lost art of pinned and brazed tubing. You don't > just thrash around with these bikes anymore.
   If you break one of them, > that's one more piece of history that will nev er spin down the road. > Most of us are living the last half of our lives. Some of us are living > the last quarter and some of us are on the last ten th. You go with more > care and more caution the older you get. I can still
   reach into my back > pocket or take a drink of water with one hand on the stem or the hood > while riding in a tight pack, but I do it very carefully . Who I am, and > what I ride are collectors' items now, worthy of a little
   extra care.> > Garth Libre in Miami Fl USA > > ___________________________