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Reins

Postby Si » 11 Mar 2011, 4:51pm

Had to look twice, but have now seen him several times.

A chap, fairly normal looking if a little ragged around the edges (but who am I to talk). On an MTB, again fairly normal looking cheap but perfectly serviceable MTB.

But he's sat bolt upright as though he is riding a Dutch roadster. Problem is that like this he can't reach the bars. Solution - he has reins on it: two pieces of cord, about 1ft long each, from the ends of the handle bars to his hands. And he rides around looking a bit like John Wayne. Only seen him riding across the pavement/ car park by Sainsburys so far - will be interesting to see how he handles being on a busy road. I assume that he does it because he has a back problem, but of the possible solutions it's not the one that I'd go for straight off!

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Re: Reins

Postby snibgo » 11 Mar 2011, 5:13pm

Yikes. I suppose signalling and braking would be out of the question.

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Re: Reins

Postby reohn2 » 11 Mar 2011, 5:58pm

Its what you get for watching too many cowboy films :roll:
Have you heard him shout "aye ho silver away!"? for the braking perhaps he shouts "wow big fella"


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Re: Reins

Postby gilesjuk » 11 Mar 2011, 10:17pm

Surely he would be better just turning the stem around 180 degrees. The handling would be tricky but has to be better than using reins.

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Re: Reins

Postby Jonty » 12 Mar 2011, 8:22am

Come off it. You're having us on!
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Re: Reins

Postby byegad » 12 Mar 2011, 8:30am

snibgo wrote:Yikes. I suppose signalling and braking would be out of the question.


He'll be fine so long as he drives a BMW. They seem to do neither. :D
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Re: Reins

Postby Si » 12 Mar 2011, 11:46am

gilesjuk wrote:Surely he would be better just turning the stem around 180 degrees. The handling would be tricky but has to be better than using reins.


Yes, but I guess that he, like many people who use a bike but don't see themselves as 'cyclists', views the bike as a single unit - you use it like it came out the box and altering things on it is left to beardy lycra wearing geeks :D

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Re: Reins

Postby Mick F » 12 Mar 2011, 1:27pm

We used to that as kids, but I cannot believe an adult would do something so stupid.
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Postby gilesjuk » 12 Mar 2011, 3:43pm

Mick F wrote:We used to that as kids, but I cannot believe an adult would do something so stupid.


Maybe he just really really likes riding a bicycle.

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Re: Reins

Postby downfader » 13 Mar 2011, 1:59pm

Video proof!! We must have video proof! :lol:

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Re: Reins

Postby thirdcrank » 13 Mar 2011, 2:12pm

It must be quite difficult to do consistently well - much harder than riding no-hands. It must also be difficult to do for any length of time because the whole bodyweight is on the saddle rather than being shared with the bars. Apart from the obvious suggestions of a coaster brake or even fixed, the obvious way to manage to stop is to go very slowly and just put a foot or both feet down. Horse riders can signal OK but holding both reins in one hand might be a problem. :?

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Re: Reins

Postby Si » 13 Mar 2011, 5:07pm

downfader wrote:Video proof!! We must have video proof! :lol:


Send me your camera and I'll get it :wink:

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Postby downfader » 13 Mar 2011, 5:21pm

Si wrote:
downfader wrote:Video proof!! We must have video proof! :lol:


Send me your camera and I'll get it :wink:


Nice try. I've yet to wipe the naked pictures of myself from it. :lol:

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Re: Reins

Postby Si » 15 Mar 2011, 9:01am

Saw him again yesterday, or rather his bike locked up outside the betting shop. It's a little more sophisticated than I thought: the cords that act as reins have corks on the ends to improve grip and comfort no doubt!

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Re: Reins

Postby Mick F » 15 Mar 2011, 9:24am

How does he brake?

Does he have a coaster brake?
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