How to ride without hands

Look at mom, without hands! “. Who of you has not shouted this sentence, the first time you tried to take your hands off the handlebar under the shocked eyes of your parents, who already imagined a daring fall resulting in a dentist’s lust? Well, for those of you who have never tried it, let’s see on what occasions it can be useful to take your hands off the handlebar and learn how to do it in total safety.

Before seeing which exercises can be put into practice to learn to go without hands, let’s try to extricate ourselves from the supporters and the lovers of this technique and the contraries, who consider it (rightly, mind you) dangerous and just a useless show of skill. This was also the case when Minister Graziano Delrio took office, who presented himself at the Palace riding a bike, pedaling without hands.. Some have criticized the danger of the gesture, above all because a minister should set a good example for the youngest on road safety. A non-trivial issue that deserves analysis.

Going by bike without hands can be useful in certain situations (which we will see later) but it remains a thing to do only in conditions of total safety and, of course it is, to be avoided if you are in traffic. I remember that in high school my personal challenge was to be able to walk the 10km away home-school without hands, without braking or putting my foot on the ground.

Thinking about it now was an unconscious action (and who isn’t at 15?), Because most of the journey took place in the city center. I stopped doing that one day, I heard a car behind me slow down and a sacramental guy from inside the cockpit: he was my father. Anecdotes aside,going without hands implies a noticeable expansion of reaction times, especially when braking and therefore it must be done only in cases of emergency or when the surrounding environment is completely managed .

Now, coming to the point, when can it be useful to go without hands on a bicycle?
• Fasten the cape: is the classic example that can be seen in all sports competitions, the cyclist faces the climb with the cape unfastened and then, when the descent begins, he takes his hands off the handlebar and fiddles with the zipper to fasten the wind protection and protect himself from the cold.

Knowing how to go without hands helps a lot in these cases, because during an outing on a bike there may be times when the sun beats hot and you have to loose the shirt or the k-way, or situations where the wind it beats us and it is better to protect yourself by raising the collar up to the chin. Being able to do this without having to stop or exhibit acrobatics worthy of a Togni circus acrobat to keep the cape firm with his mouth and lift the zipper with his hand is really useful;
• Relax the back: when you ride for a long time it is natural that the assumed position is reflected in a back strain . Going without hands allows you to stand up on the saddle and keep your back erect, so as to detach it from the aerodynamic position and make a few meters of quiet pedaling, just to feel the lumbar muscles relax;
• Drinking from the water bottle : sometimes the water bottles are difficult to open, especially those for off-road use, which have a protective cap that prevents the mud from dirtying where we will rest our lips. Going without hands allows you to continue to pedal and at the same time open the cap and drink. Obviously this operation cannot be carried out while we are making a sprint but only in “quiet” situations;

Learning to ride a bike without wheels? Here’s how it’s done!

Learning to ride a bike is really a fundamental step. A rite of passage and the acquisition of a skill that will never be lost again. Furthermore, cycling together is good for the relationship between children and parents. (And riding a bicycle is absolutely good for children , the body and the psyche). Therefore, it is normal to ask how to teach children to ride effectively, without fear of falling or frustration of the first failed attempts to convince children to give up.

Teach children to ride bikes: things to know
Okay, you’ve decided it’s time to teach kids to ride bikes. Here are the things you need to consider to get off on the right foot.

1 A good mood is (almost) everything
Every act of learning, from the simplest to the most complex, needs a peaceful and joyful environment. (It is no coincidence that we can even teach mathematics with numbers games for children ). So don’t stress the child with deadlines (“you must have learned tonight!”) Or comparisons (“your sister at your age already knew how to go”). And stop as soon as the child shows he is tired and not having fun anymore.

2 Encouragement does the rest
Don’t stop encouraging him warmly, tell him that he will soon be able to go all alone. And he announces that small failures, falls and stumbles are a (necessary) part of the game. To build self-esteem in children, no praise is needed, but the encouragement to have confidence in one’s abilities.

3 Choose the right place and time
The summer, or a nice sunny day in winter is just fine. The important thing is that you have all the time you need to dedicate yourself to teaching children to ride a bike. Better a weekend, so you can do two sessions if necessary. Maybe, break the “lesson” with other outdoor games . Choose also a place without traffic, obviously, preferably grassy and with a slight slope that you will need, as we will see later.

4 Proceed by stages
Beyond what is commonly believed and commonly done, the child can learn by himself, without having to push it or support it by running after it. The important thing is, however, that teaching proceeds in stages and that the child can learn to manage one skill at a time, in sequence:

keep in balance
to steer
ride
to brake.
teach children to ride bikes

Learning to ride a bike without wheels: the steps
As we said, make sure that your child can learn the skills needed to ride a bike without wheels. But it all starts with the bike.