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Why dont road bikers trackstand?(8 posts)

Why dont road bikers trackstand?Trevo
Aug 29, 2003 9:06 AM
I went with a buncha roadeys on my Trek 520(not fixed) And they all seem to want to clip out at every single intersection?
Is there some reason they CANT track stand that I just dont know about?

'cause they don't know how?MShaw
Aug 29, 2003 10:22 AM
I've seen lots and lots of guys that automatically clip out at stoplights and signs, even though its about to turn again.

I've had numerous comments about "my balancing ability" when I'm trackstanding at lights... All they gotta know is that it just takes a little practice.

re: Why dont road bikers trackstand?Steve_0
Aug 29, 2003 11:35 AM
Trackstanding is great in urban traffic. For rural/suburban routes where most roadies target, I question it's utility (long lights and no accumulative time savings for the (relatively) infrequent stops).

I usually put my foot down under those circumstances, even on the fg.
Conditions have to be right on any freewheeling bike ...Humma Hah
Aug 29, 2003 11:46 AM
Fixies use their ability to propel forward or back to aid the trackstand. Freewheeling bikes need to be on a slope, that is not always available.

Also, consider that when a roadie comes to a stop, they're probably among cars. Practicing a trackstand at an intersection will either get you

a) laughed at when you fall off, or

b) yelled at when you fall against someone's prize dino-burner.

And it doesn't occur to most roadies to practice a trackstand in private.
Muliple gears make it easy to start... so little incentive...PdxMark
Aug 29, 2003 12:00 PM
Roadies shift to easier gears when coming to a stop. The easier gear makes the first pedal stroke or two very easy as they clip in. With a little velocity, they up-shift and go. On fixed gear, the first stroke or two are by far the hardest. Having two legs makes them lots easier. So roadies have little incentive to risk a tumble with a track stand, while fixies have alot of incentive to get some two-legged help through those first pedal strokes.
club-ride courtesy is not to.SmogRider
Aug 29, 2003 1:31 PM
a lot of roadies ride with the local clubs, and un-clipping is just courtesy so you don't domino the whole group if you lose it.

I was specifically told this by a buddy when considering club rides.

I still rememeber seeing my first fixie rider in L.A., back-pedaling at a stop light track stand, and trying to make sense of what I was seeing!

SR aka Hollywood
Aug 30, 2003 12:10 PM
I found it easier to trackstand on a freewheel bike anyway.

Clipless pedalstriangleforge
Sep 3, 2003 11:25 AM
Whether it's just correlation or actual causality, trackstanding among roadies declined about the same time that clipless pedals started to become commonplace. Since getting in & out of toeclips a bunch of times was a pain, it does make some sense that folks would be more likely to learn to trackstand to avoid it.