I just thought: I have these handlebars so I better get adjusted to them before
I feel too unsafe to touch them.
Maybe they get useful when going faster.
I also did a search on the forum archive and this topic was already covered
many years ago.
Some people didn’t have them but some did.
next goal is to get to a point where I can do very tight figure eight turns on
my small backyard.
And after that I’m going to try going downhill and uphill (it’s actually very
hilly where I live).
Am 19.03.2018 um 15:51 schrieb Christian Winkgen <christian.winkgen@xxxxxxx>:
I would not say I am in full control. It just grants me control for a certain
length of time… :)
Did you try not going straight but leaning into a circle? I found that much
easier at first to get a feeling.
And did you try the thing Vi suggested - launching with only one foot up the
I just read a length thread in a German velomobil forum and someone said he
disposed the handlebars because he felt that they got the python unstable as
soon as he touched them.
I have the same feeling - as soon as I go faster and feel like breaking I
almost fall over because the old pattern takes over to try to steer the bike
with the handlebars...
Should I get rid of the handlebars and just add a fixed stick to the rear
Who of you has handlebars or uses them?
If you don’t have any - where to put the brake levers?
And how can I practice going downhill or faster?
Am 19.03.2018 um 11:32 schrieb Karl McCracken <karl.mccracken@xxxxxxxxxxx>:
Nice. And oh, how I envy your apparent control of the beast!
Just heading out for another half hour of Not Riding. Yesterday I think I
did almost 20m in a straight line without putting hands or feet down...
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I have trained almost every day for about 30 minutes and feel more and more
Yesterday I dumped the „sticks“ because they were more of a distraction and
always hurt my knuckles when I crashed.
Without sticks it is easier to grab the brakes (for an emergency or when
going slightly downhill) and I can still touch the ground when I tip over in
a tight turn.
Because I reckoned that I still felt uncomfortable doing clockwise circles I
began practicing doing exactly that.
I still feel better having the right (leading) foot first but in a clockwise
circle it would be better the other way round - or just keeping pedalling.
So I try to do as many clockwise circles as possible - maybe I try to find a
bigger space where I can do figure eights again and again.
I also almost dumped the plan with the training wheels - but what will
happen when I crash going faster speeds?
The crashes did not only hurt my knuckles (both middle fingers are a bit
stiff now) but also scratched the brake levers and nearly destroyed the
trigger shift for the Alfine hub (the indicator is defunct now and almost
I also put a sliced rubber hose around the lower edges of the mesh seat
because the fabric also seemed to get eaten up by the crashes.
This is part of yesterdays session trying without sticks for the first time:
Left turns work pretty well, but clockwise is still a bit instable (I have
to leave the yard for a few seconds to come back for going clockwise…)
@Karl: how are you doing with your python? Have some pictures of it?