No Hand King

On a recent early morning drive into downtown, I got to see the No Hand King, one of our city’s most famous people. No Hand King Rodney Hines, who rides his bike — you guessed it, with no hands — during most waking hours, has a new Evel Knievel-style full-face helmet, and was actually using his hands (gasp!) to execute a sharp u-turn on a tiny street corner: the first time I’ve ever seen the NHK with hands on his handlebars. Many of his bicycles don’t even have handlebars. I waved to him, he waved back, and all his American flags streamed out behind him as he got the light and headed up the street, hands lazily sculpting the air in front of him.

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