Rule one is to check yourself to see if you are in a balanced riding position by doing one simple thing–simulating or thinking about letting go of the handlebars! Don’t actually do it unless you are in control enough to try it. Yet if your body position is correct you should feel as if you can let go of the bars. The ultimate goal is to always have a loose grip on the bars with your hands. There are times when you will need to tighten your grip and push or pull on the bars, however, for most riding situations you will be able to maintain a loose comfortable grip. If you are balanced on the bike and on your feet you will not have to hold on tight to keep that balanced position, hence, you should be able to let go of the handle bars.