I've just been talking to my lad about the rides we went on at AT, and what we are going to ride when we return in November. He asked me how come I never hold-on when on a ride. Well, I wouldn't call myself an actual "Enthusiast,"
when it comes to coasters and thrill/white knuckle rides. But I would definitely class myself as a "Purist."
My definition being... Someone who'll ride absolutely anything once, and regardless, will never once "Hold on Tight!"
For me, it's not only about conquering your fear, but conquering the ride. We all know that no ride is designed without rider safety being paramount. No one designs rider safety restraints and says "Provided people hold on tight theses half assed restraints should do!"
You're no more secure or safer. Rita QoS doesn't rip your arms off (phew) and you don't plummet head first to your death from Submission. So why hold on?
Don't get me wrong, if you hold on then by all means hold on tight... But don't put your hands up as you climb the hill on Th13teen or round the bend on Oblivion, and then grab on for dear life before the drop.
So, let's be honest.... Do you 'Hold on Tight' or 'Go Hands Free?'