How to Ride a Bike without Holding On to the Handlebars

With some courage and practice, you can be casually stretching both of your arms over your head or peeling open an energy bar with both hands as you cruise along on your bike.

You will need

  • Bicycle
  • Helmet
  • Practice

Step 1 Start riding Start riding your bike on a long, straight path at a medium speed. Be sure to wear a properly fitted helmet.

Step 2 Keep pedaling Keep your feet rotating the pedals and keep looking ahead at the road as you execute the next move.

Step 3 Lift hands As you pedal, gently push both hands off the bars at the same time and sit up straight.

Step 4 Pedal Once you have lifted your hands successfully, you will need to keep pedaling to maintain momentum. Once you are comfortable keeping your balance you can try coasting, too.

Step 5 Adjust balance Squeeze your inner thighs against the bike seat and frame to keep the center of gravity and realign or steer the direction of the bike.

Step 6 Steer Steer with no hands by shifting your weight and leaning the bike rather than turning the handlebars.

Step 7 Practice Practice sitting up straight and relaxed as you ride with no hands for longer and longer intervals. Before you know it, you’ll be able to dodge potholes and take off your jacket — all while riding with no hands.