May 26, 2001 7:44 PM
|I remember probably a year ago, when I was a pure mountain biker, watching a guy trackstanding...I mean, I could do it as well, but this guy could just sit there for 2-3 minutes without hardly even moving. Anyways, after riding my road bike for the last few months, I took my first mtb ride this weekend...and while playing around on some rocks and whatnot, I discovered I could trackstand exceptionally well, just like that guy I saw. After we got home I went out and played in the street (with my mtb) and I could more or less just stand there, not moving my wheel back and forth, and hardly even going from side to side either. I don't know if this balance is part of the road bike riding or not, but it is pretty sweet. Anyways, my actual question is: I can't trackstand for shit on my road bike, even though I can do it effortlessly on the mtb now. Why is it so much different? Partly, I think it is because I do NOT feel comfortable trackstanding with the road shoes cuz of the clip in component, and also where I like my foot placed on the pedals (I ride more in the middle of my foot on the mtb, more towards the front on the road bike)...oh yea, I ride platform style pedals on the mtb because I do more DH type stuff. Anyways, do you guys have any tips that might be able to help me with trackstanding on the road bike with the spd pedals? It seems odd that I can do it on one bike, but not the other. Thanx.|
May 26, 2001 8:28 PM
|It's more of a mental thing. You have to trust your reflex ability to clip out in time in need be. Your center of gravity is a bit lower on a Mt bike so you may find it easier because of this too. Make sure you stand up on the pedals on the road bike more so then the Mt bike.|
May 27, 2001 4:41 AM
|There was a trackstand competition here at a race, the winner stayed on for 15 minutes without moving past two lines, he also managed to pick money up off the ground that was taped, the rules said you could not turn around to pick money up behind you, so this guy went forward slammed his front brake on and did a nose-wheelie then slammed the rear down and started rolling backwards. He was wearing sandals and i recall him visiting the bear stand numerous time. It was great.|
May 27, 2001 7:23 AM
|does bear=beer by any chance? Anyways, that is a long damn time. Must be a great party trick :> Although, I have noticed that most people who arent cyclists dont think of trackstanding as being very difficult. As my girlfriend says "whats so hard about that, you arent even going anywhere".