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I turned onto Milwaukee the other day and in my rear view mirror there was a biker, riding with no hands.  I came to a stoplight and hugged the left side of the road, which I'm in the habit of doing.  All of a sudden he comes up on the side and crashes into the corner of the car in front of me, also stopped.  He was okay and proceeded to (try to) ride on, but the driver was not having it.  She maneuvered her car to the right, put it in park, got out and went postal on him.  He claims he hit a bump, but I wonder if he was still riding with no hands at that point. I was blocked in, so I got to see it all happen and will admit, I was chuckling at the irony.

 

Has anyone else seen this happen?

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I've seen way too many hipsters riding no handed lately.
"Look, Mom - no hands!" can oh-so-quickly become, "Look, Mom - no teeth!"
I see people riding no-handed on the LFP all the time and it infuriates me that they are endangering everyone else on the trail. All it takes is hitting a small stone and they will lose control of the bike entirely.
the typical handlebars on the hipster fixies (super short) look extremely uncomfortable for riding. It causes the elbows to be hyper extended, eventually leading to numbness (squishing the nerves, basically). i understand the reason why they would try riding with no hands, basically, to avoid the numbness. the things one sacrifices to look 'cool', or they're simply unaware. if i were to build a fixed gear bike, i'd install cruiser-style handlebars. what's wrong with comfort? too dorky?
I saw a kid make a left hand turn off of Milwaukee on to a side street yesterday while texting. I'm used to seeing such stupidity on the LFP, it appears to be only slightly less common while riding in the street.
I'm not sure how these handlebars 'cause' the elbows to hyperextend, but if they did, you'd still have the mechanism of cubital tunnel syndrome backwards. Bending the elbows takes the tension off of the tendons lining the groove in the elbow in which the ulnar nerve sits, putting more pressure on the nerve.  Extending the elbows stretches and thus thins the tendons, giving the nerve more room.

MagMileMarauder said:
the typical handlebars on the hipster fixies (super short) look extremely uncomfortable for riding. It causes the elbows to be hyper extended, eventually leading to numbness (squishing the nerves, basically). i understand the reason why they would try riding with no hands, basically, to avoid the numbness. the things one sacrifices to look 'cool', or they're simply unaware. if i were to build a fixed gear bike, i'd install cruiser-style handlebars. what's wrong with comfort? too dorky?
Over the winter I saw no hands with the hands in the pockets of a sweat shirt; WTF is wrong with kids today?

Bike Bloke said:
"Look, Mom - no hands!" can oh-so-quickly become, "Look, Mom - no teeth!"

 


Was he wearing a winter hat? He might have had heat exhaustion.
Adam "Cezar" Jenkins said:

I've seen way too many hipsters riding no handed lately.
I was waiting for the Kozy on Miwaukee to open up this morning when a dapper looking fellow in a fishnet orange tank top rode by basically jazzercising on his road bike. Not only was he riding "no handed" but he was wiggling his hips and dinging his bell to an imaginary beat. Too fabulous to live, too beautiful to die.
I've been wondering why the no hands thing is so popular myself....I've been seeing it everywhere.
Love that link, Mike :)

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