It takes a bit of practice but the skills needed will make you overall a more skilled and confident bike rider. Once you get used to it, Ghostriding several miles across town is not much trouble. With the riding skills you learn, soon you'll be talking on your cell and drinking your morning coffee on your ride to work too, just like your friends in Berlin, Amsterdam or Tokyo.
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Step 1: One Hand Riding
As you can see from the photos, there are lots of good reasons to learn to ride one handed besides ghostriding!
Step 2: Which bike to sit on?
Step 3: Line up the bikes
Step 4: Holding the 2nd bike
Step 5: Start riding
KEEP YOUR WEIGHT OFF THE SECOND BIKE. try riding forward slowly.
- if you put any weight on the second bike it will start leaning over and steering against you.
- pretend you are riding one handed like you practiced, and holding a heavy bag off to the side with your other hand. lift up on that bag, don't push down.
- the second bike will be perfectly upright if you are doing this well. if it leans to one side or the other or feels like it is steering against you: briefly lift the front wheel of the second bike off the ground - this will get it back on track and keep you honest about having your weight only on the first bike.
Step 6: Stopping, Turning and more
next practice turning. anytime the second bike seems to be getting off track, just lift up its front wheel for a moment and put it where it should be (a comfortable distance to your side)
when riding in the city, you'll also use the same lift-up-the-front-wheel trick when you are riding over potholes that might throw the second bike off track.
Now go have some fun!!