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Old February 10th, 2020, 12:07 PM   #1
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Tension in your arms?

Here is something interesting that California Superbike School posted on their Facebook page. Have a look at the coach's left hand then to the next image for a close up view.

Once you've put the bike on line, make sure there is no tension on the handlebars. Photo: @etechphoto

When you ride do you think you're as relaxed as the coach pictured or do you still carry tension in the handlebars?
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Old February 10th, 2020, 07:01 PM   #2
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Maybe not AS relaxed as that coach, but I've been working on relaxing on the bike.
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I always keep a death grip the handlebars. I definitely need to relax.
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Having strong back muscles really help with relaxing arms and hands.
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I always keep a death grip the handlebars. I definitely need to relax.
You certainly do! Now, is it simply a matter of telling yourself to relax and you will be relaxed or are there specific skills/techniques that you need to incorporate into your riding in order to be ABLE to relax?
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I sometimes have a tighter grip on the bars than I should. I'll wriggle my fingers/take them off the bars occasionally during a ride to remind myself to keep them loose. My issue is a tensed up left arm during right turns. It's not something I even noticed until my first track days last year. The solution I found is to tell myself to relax that arm before I go into the turn.
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I'm not yet fortunate enough to ride track and am responsible enough to not get my bike that sideways on the street. But I can't agree more with having a strong core like Danno mentioned. I take pretty good care of myself now and riding is at least a few thousand times more enjoyable as a reasonably fit person and not a fat guy or a skeleton like I've been before.
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I am gonna say yes, I am that relaxed. They ask me at times to show people proper BP at the track. They have a bike that is set up (no engine) to practice proper BP on. This is at NYST. Whoever I am working with, I have them get into a proper stance and then let go of the handle bars. If they canít do it, I show them. You do need a strong core for sure and using the outside knee helps tremendously. I tell them donít be scared to move around on the bike. The more upright you are, you tend to have the KUNG FU grip on the bars. If your upper body is lower it is easier to lesser your grip on the bars.
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