Picture of How To Ghostride a Bike
This month I'll teach you a simple skill that is very handy for car-free living. I know everyone out there loves their bicycle, and generally it is inseparable from the self. But now and then you or a friend has somehow left a bike locked up somewhere else and needs to get it. No need to trek out there on foot to retrieve it! Just borrow another bike, go ride out to the lost bike and bring back both at once using the technique of GHOSTRIDING.

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

practice riding your bike with just one hand. this is the most important skill needed for ghostriding. make sure you can brake while riding this way.  practice until you can comfortably ride a mile in city traffic with just one hand. if this is a challenge for you, start on a cruiser bike or city bike where you have an upright posture.

As you can see from the photos, there are lots of good reasons to learn to ride one handed besides ghostriding!

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FrankL62 months ago
sandra-14 years ago
I can do this without both hands.

you are both showing off now how did you learn to do it with no hands?

or did you just do it allot?

teniva sandra-13 years ago
Yes, me too,.

This is great! One time, my friend had a heart attack or something and I had to ghost ride his bike, with him riding on the back of my bike rack! Felt like a hero xD

sjain601 year ago
I have been ghost riding since long as and when required....
I read your instructions are really good, actually they clearly described what all I had done when I had done it for the first time.
I would like to suggest you to add a problem faced while ghost riding that occur when there comes a bump. I is really a shaky condition which occur because there is no weight over the other bike
Luziviech2 years ago
This a howto for upcoming road-kissers? Anyways, i would start all over with step four and no bike beneath you, say while walking aside the bike to get a feeling for equilibrium.
I have found that ghostriding is very risky, so I developed a technique for towing, and built a small fixture to do it with.
You should make an Instructable of your towing rig then ;)
rikardom3 years ago
This is very easy to do.
Harder thing will be to actually do it without both hands.
tobune3 years ago
Like in Ghost Rider!
torina24 years ago
This is very hard. I have tried and fell badly.
mattle torina23 years ago
I agree. Hard to do it.
begunia3 years ago
I thought ghost riding is ability to stand on the bike while riding it.
tokin3 years ago
I tried today, but could'nt do it. I'll keep practicing.
OttawaRider3 years ago
I find it easier to hold the second bike by the seat. Once both bikes are moving, shift your hand from the stem to the seat. Steer it gently by leaning it slightly as required.
lepar3 years ago
This is a challenge for me now.
merkuri23 years ago
Not that hard to learn.
kokina24 years ago
This is very easy to do.
finnster4 years ago
Erm, last time I checked ghost riding was when you jump off a bike while its moving and it keeps going, like there's a ghost riding it :P
Advar4 years ago

Been doing things like that for years, Ghost Riding. But my head never turned into a flamming skull. Haha.

Really though, it's a nice, useful skill. Recommended.
Props, dude. I had to get a friend's bike to the park most of a mile from my house, but didn't want to walk back, so I tried your method. When I got to the park, everyone was asking how I rode both bikes there, to which I replied, "Ghost riding." They were suitably impressed.
Alecw354 years ago
Ive done this a couple of times recently. to get bikes home from town, about 10 miles on a tarmac bike path. I called it quad biking. I found I could stop still. then start pedaling again.
I have also tried taking off the second bikes front wheel. then putting washers on the left side of my 3 speed folder bikes rear axle. so the fork would sit away from the frame. rear bike was off to the side. but tracked ok. was an older bike with thin fork legs. I tried it with suspension forked bike. couldnt attach it. me a sturdy bit of metal to bolt on to both the rear axle and the second bikes forks.
pauli24 years ago
This is great. I think I can do it.
antonio234 years ago
It is hard for me! I have tried and fell.
frenzy4 years ago
For those unfamiliar with the ghost riding phenomena:

snotty frenzy4 years ago
dan (author)  frenzy4 years ago
the term 'ghostriding' means something very different for cars and for bikes.

ghostriding a car: hopping out of the driver seat while its rolling and walking next to it.

ghostriding a bike: taking a 2nd bike with you while you ride the 1st bike (like my article above).

because of the two meanings, you see a video like this where the car-use of the term is applied to bikes. but it is not the general meaning for bikes.
finnrambo dan4 years ago
life's too short to argue about ghostriding...... stick to methods of cleaning white handlebar tape :D
vincent7520 dan4 years ago
then what about ghost riding a sail boat ?… ;))
frenzy dan4 years ago
If my bicycle is my "Whip" can i consider this more conservative and functional style as "Ghostriding My Whip"?
melisa24 years ago
This is not very hard to do.
tonyta24 years ago
I did not know it is called ghostriding the riding with one hand. Anyway, I can do it without both hands.
where i come from, ghostriding a bike is when someone peddles a bike(usually a really crappy/slightly broken bmx bike) up to speed and jumps off and lets the bike keep going; usually off curbs, off ramps, into walls, or just to see how far they'll go. just for laughs
Back in the day ghostriding was when you bailed off the bike and let it keep riding with nobody on it (like when you see a ghost riding a bike down the street). Usually, the bike belonged to someone else so it was a time/ energy saving tactic. What they call ghostriding now is what we used to call stealing a bike...ahah not really, but that's often what the police thought. Anyway, I always held the grip on the closest side to me. It seemed like it was easier to keep the two bikes separate, you could make steering corrections with either bike so you could go faster. But, this wasn't in the city so you didn't have to worry about being hit by a careless driver (as much). I would probably ride whichever bike is heavier. If the lighter bike is extremely light just grab the frame in front of the seat post (boys bike) and carry it shoulder height, kind of resting on your shoulder. (watch the front wheel when lifting it the first time). Have fun.
dwesely4 years ago
Be careful doing this! I did this about 20 years ago to get my 2nd bike home from the bike repair shop. On the way, I picked up a bit of speed going down a slope, the front wheel of the ghost bike twitched, and WHAM! All of a sudden the ghost bike was down with the front tire rim potato chipped (folded over sideways). Fortunately the bike frame was OK, but the rim was totaled.
Holy taco! < that's what we used to call it when you did that to a rim. That was years ago and I can see how it could look more like a potato chip. But, that would be a sign that you didn't wipe out hard enough to do it properly. Aribba!
sabladask4 years ago
lol, i used the same technique goustriding a bike 20 mils this summer. :):)
eshneto4 years ago
I would like to see an instructable on how to carry a ton of bread in your head while riding. Take a look at the guy in the last picture!
Hallmar eshneto4 years ago
Damn now that's awesome, the dude have a head balance, lol
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