[python] Re: do handlebars improve security?

  • From: Patrick van Gompel <patrick_van_gompel@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <python@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 09:13:42 +0200

I started learning to drive a Python with handlebars, so my experience might be 
different from others.
For me it was easier to learn driving on the Python using the handle bars. 
Especially when starting to pedal. After I could cycle on the bike, I let go of 
the handlebars on straight pieces of road, and later in corners and for longer 
times. But when cycling would become difficult, I still use the handlebars. 
Like in sharp corners, when starting to pedal on uneven ground, road bumps, 
etc. So I use it in advance, but also to correct mistakes. For example when the 
bike suddenly starts to wobble and I am unable to handle this with the legs. 
And when your hands are on the bar, you're always faster with the brakes. And I 
must say, I've never seen a bike brake as fast as a Python! You're almost 
launched from the seat :-)

So, although 'security' is subjective, I do think my handle bars helped to 
prevent a few crashes. But on the other hand, as Jürgen described: if you're 
not used to them, handle bars might actually make it insecure, as you will have 
two steering inputs which might result in counteraction. You will always have 
to 'think' with your legs and lower body, not with your arms. Otherwise the 
Python might go beserk.


> Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2011 22:36:01 +0200
> From: jmages@xxxxxx
> To: python@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [python] Re: do handlebars improve security?
> I once tried handlebars and crashed just by touching them with my 
> fingertips ;-)
> But people that are used to them, say they improve downhill stability 
> and tight turns at slow speed.
> Jürgen.
> On 25.07.2011 19:56, bnmm@xxxxxxx wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > 
> > IIRC handlebars don't help learning to ride a python, but do they
> > improve security be giving more control in case of an accident?
> > 
> > 
> > Cheers,
> > Marek
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