Learn how to ride no-handed, in 5 steps

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Learn to cycle no-handed

Learning how to ride no-handed is another skill that looks effortlessly cool when done right and has lots of practical uses. As with learning to wheelie though, it might seem like everyone knows how — except you. Don’t panic, here’s Anna Glowinski to talk you through it.

How to ride no-handed

1. Find a suitable place to practice

It begins with finding a long, smooth, straight road to practice on.

2. Start pedalling

 The trick lies in getting up enough speed to keep some stability and picking a high enough gear that you’ve got something to push against.

3. Get your body weight back

Next, shift your body weight as far back over the saddle as you can and sit upright with good posture.

4. Easy does it…

Try to gradually get more and more comfortable with the idea of taking your hands off the handlebars. Try tiny steps to begin with, maybe with your hands hovering over the bars. Gradually get comfortable with loosening your grip.

5. Pedal as smoothly as you can

The key to preventing wobbles is to pedal as smoothly as possible — practice your 'souplesse', moving your feet in near-perfect circles. You'll find this gives you more control and thus more stability.

Remember to keep your weight over the saddle, and be prepared to learn the process again for every new bike (and geometry) you climb onto.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Brompton M3L
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Moots Routt
  • Beer of Choice: Augustiner
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, UK

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