Originally Posted by Patj551
But once you get the hang of standing up & feeling the bike flow, your riding goes to the next level.
This is turning into a "how to ride" thread =)
But I agree with this.
Most say grip the bike with your knees. I find that counter productive too. It limits movement and connects you more to the bike. I find the least engagement with the bike (because naturally the bike wants to stay upright via gyro) the better. I ride my bikes like trial bikes though, but it can also allow movement of the bike to gain clearance around corners, around bumps so the bike can take a different line then your body (for a few seconds at least), etc.
I developed basic riding skills from mountain bikes though. I think that's where I get it. No gripping the bike with knees there...
Braappp!! Wish I could go ride now. Work and no winter bike at the moment =(