How to Ride a Bike With "No Hands"




I will teach you how to ride your bike with no hands on the handlebars!  

Step 1: Know the Basics

In order to ride your bike no handed, you need to know the basics. First, before you start practicing, you need to make sure you are seated on the bike comfortablely and balanced. This is good to do so you have the best experience possible doing this. You don't want to be leaning to the left while you're riding because you sat more on the right of your seat. Also, you need to bike at a fast enough speed so the bike doesn't tip over. When you do not hold on to the handlebars, you have less support, so you need to go faster so the bike travels straight and does not travel shaky. In addition, you need to keep practicing. This will be taken gradually, and some people might move through the process faster than others.

Step 2: The Process

There are different hand positions that you will be doing when going through this process:

1.) Grip the handles regular, but don't use your palms and ride.
2.) Once you have mastered 1, put your fingers on top of the handles and ride.
3.) Once you have mastered 2, but aren't ready to go no handed yet, ride with your index and middle finger touching the edge of the handles. Some people might be able to skip this step, but if you want to skip it, be sure you are ready.
4.) If you have either mastered 3, or decided to skip 3, you are ready for no hands

Step 3: Things to Know

Before riding with no hands you need to know some things. If you you want to go a little slower when first riding, I have found out that the minimum constant speed you can ride with no hands is about 10.23 miles per hour on a one gear 20 inch bike. That's one pedal per second on a 20 inch bike. I don't know the conversions to bigger wheeled bikes but I know you can go slower on bikes with bigger wheels. Anyway, that is if you want to go slow. If you want to go faster, gradually increase your speed so you don't lose control. You will eventually get used to no hands riding and it will be second nature. Enjoy!



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    9 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice instructions. Now I am going to have to work on this.
    Only issue is most of the roads where I live are far from flat in every direction, and it really doesn't work on off-road trails :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I find that you can generally get a feeling for when it's safe to take your hands off the handlebars by shifting your weight off of them for a second and seeing if the bike stays balanced.


    Once you get good at no-hands in a straight line, you can start working on corners. While coasting, lean SLIGHTLY left or right to turn in the desired direction and then move your body back to the center to straighten back out. It is best to hover your hands over the handgrips when you are first learning this move, just in case.

    I got really good at this as a kid on a bike with coaster brakes, and used to be able to ride clear around the block, down a grassy hill into the yard, stop, and do a no-hands dismount. Ah, to be young and thin again. Good times.


    6 years ago on Step 3

    Sorry to tell you but the gear ratio is different for most bikes. Also it is easier to ride a bigger bike with no hands since the center of gravity is higher. So you can go even slower then. Also you should of mentioned that it is easier to start doing no handed when your not pedaling. Good instructable though just need to add this stuff.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Step 3

    I agree. I learned to ride no handed by gunning it down a hill, coasting and letting go of the handlebars.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    It sometimes makes it easier to know that the bike wants to go in a straight line, the mass (you and the bike) pushing forward will continue until you (or an external factor) apply force in another direction.
    There is also the gyroscopic effect of the wheels coming in to effect, this will keep them vertical whilst there is enough motion. Next time you have a wheel off hold the axle in each hand, spin the wheel as fast as you can(or get a friend to assist) and try and move it off axis. If you have an office chair try sitting on it with your feet up.