Didn't you have to learn that in elementary school?
I did, but I forgot how to.
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I think people tend to overestimate and underestimate danger all the time. A friend told me of another friend who got into a horrible accident.. because the handle bar of his bike came off while riding a bike.. and he couldn't break anymore or balance.. so he crashed.Non cyclists will say biking is so dangerous because shit like this happens.. but most cyclists won't share that opinion because of it. They know their bikes are in mint condition.
What I mean is.. it always looks more dangerous to an outsider than someone who's done it regularly.
Yes, I generally agree with that. The bike I used to have was a pretty expensive one and I really like it. I trusted it completely. However, cycling hands free IS very dangerous and accidents happen all the time. It's so easy to imagine a situation where this can go wrong. Let''s just say you're doing this on a street in a residential area and a child runs out into the street right in front of your bike. Not only will you not have enough time to break and you'll end up with a potentially life threatening head wound, you'll also seriously injure that child. When I was younger, I always used to think "yeah, c'mon, what's the big deal, nothing's ever gone wrong, so why should it happen in the future" but that's a naive way of thinking. Things can always happen. So, I came to agree with the fact that people get fined for this. I definitely see the reasoning behind it. Like I said, I don't deny that it's fun... unfortunately only as long as everything goes well.
Btw: and while I don't doubt you have impeccable bicycle skills (as all Swiss people do ;-)), this is also the argument that car owners use. "If you know your car well, nothing bad can happen". It's also the argument base jumpers use. Unfortunately, reality shows every year that accidents and deaths do occur. Traffic is one of the biggest reasons of unnatural deaths in Switzerland.
Of course. If you're a mindless biker, it's more dangerous. What I mean is you can personally assess how dangerous it is. In a residential area where you can hear kids play, you obviously shouldn't do it right there. At night, when there are no kids outside and the road is wide and well-lit so you have perfect vision, that's a different story. A long road only reserved for bikers that's separated from general traffic and outside of residential area with next to no bikers during daytime, why not.Maybe I just underestimate the intelligence of most people, because I've seen bikers who crossed intersections handsfree.. something I would never do.As for the fines, I don't really have a problem with it, but I do wonder if the police will really fine every professional biker they see, because they regularly take both hands off to put on or take off their clothes due to changing weather.
I rarely bike without hands, because I find it dangerous on most streets that I use, but I don't see the harm in doing it for a few seconds on the few streets that are "safe". I see car owners as the perpetrators of most fatal accidents. As the shotgun passenger, I've lately started to look into the cars we pass by.. and it's never been a day where I don't see AT LEAST one person on their mobile phone, which is illegal as well as you know. And unsurprisingly they were swaying on their line, but they don't care.. because if anything happens, they are in their safe box.Did you know that at a frontal crash, the speeders are usually the ones who survive and the victims who drove at the legal speed are usually the ones who die?
No, I actually didn't know that. That's very interesting though... and also very sad. I do strongly agree with you however on that car owners are in most cases the perpetrators of fatal accidents. I think it is rather hypocritical how some car owners cuss about cyclists, only to do the kind of things you've mentioned. I mean, my parents never hate on cyclists and I would say they both drive very safely and carefully but even my dad does some stuff I find questionable, such as searching through the playlist of his music player while driving. I guess it is easy to forget about all the things that can happen if you sit so comfortably in that metal box.As for professional cyclists and fines: I'm not completely sure about this but I THINK I once read that there's some kind of law saying that you are allowed to take your hands off the steering bar if it's only for two or three seconds (like to put away something). I'm not entirely sure though.And yes, I think in the situation (cont.)
you have described to me, it's no problem. And don't get me wrong, I'm not judging you... I mean, I used to do it myself like I said ;-). I just think it's very dangerous in some situations. The way you do it seems totally okay but for example my older brother does it in a very irresponsible way (well, in my opinion anyway). He's the kind of person you see crossing intersections with lots of traffic handsfree, or riding his bike on main roads next to trucks handsfree and stuff like that. That's just dumb. Like, I don't want anything to happen to him obviously but sometimes I do feel like if something is going to happen, he probably had it coming.
Yeah, I used to think those people were drunk when we saw them at night, but when we passed them on a three lane highway (so they are less likely to hit us during their sways), we say they were looking down sideways. Whether he was checking his phone or adjusting the music player, I don’t know, but I know both is forbidden while driving.Ironically, the drivers who feel entitled to honk at a handsfree cyclist to remind him what he’s doing is reckless and don’t care that they might startle him and cause an accident in the process are usually the ones who are road ragers themselves who don’t take laws all too seriously when it applies to them.Oh well, I interpreted your original comment as driving handsfree is generally pretty dangerous, and I just disagreed, because I think it depends entirely on the situations and the right assessment of the situations itself.I don't bike handsfree enough to feel judged lol. The guy in the video is pretty crazy when what he says in the video is tru
There's a saying in German that you can't unlearn how to ride a bicycle.. I'm sure it goes for riding without hands too. 😊
Where you pedaling with your hands before last November? lol
something like that 😂😂
I do that too sometimes, but not downhill... yet.
I should. Can you ride a unicycle?
Not very well. I think it's good to practice like the guy in your video, on a bicycle first. Unicycle would require a lot more balance than doing the same on a bicycle.
Accidents happen you know hehe