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trackstand(12 posts)

Jul 26, 2001 8:49 AM
can anyone give me any tips on doing a trackstand?
re: trackstandak
Jul 26, 2001 8:54 AM
yeah, don't practice when you're cliped in.
don't do them if:Rusty McNasty
Jul 26, 2001 9:07 AM
1) you have panniers filled with stuff-they make balancing hard.
2) if there is a stiff crosswind.
3) anybody you don't want to be embarassed in front of is watching you.
moreNusty McRusty
Jul 26, 2001 9:57 AM
#4- you are a fred
#5- you have to ask how
#6- you are a fred and have to ask how
re: trackstandWhatever
Jul 26, 2001 9:08 AM
Bicycling Magazine had a how-to column on trackstands several issues back...don't know which one exactly.
re: trackstandDog
Jul 26, 2001 10:23 AM
Practice in a driveway or vacant street.

First, practice just going very slowly. Using the brakes and pressure against the pedals, see how slowly you can go. When you get real, real, slow, almost stopping, turn the front wheel to help you balance.

After you get good at this, then try stopping, even if just momentarily at first. Keep pressure on the pedals at 9 and 3, wheel slightly turned, and hands on brakes. Then it's just a matter of trying to hold it longer and longer. Practice.

re: trackstandLardog
Jul 26, 2001 10:30 AM
I can't do one well at all, however, a super guy and rider in my club holds the club record at 4 1/2 minutes...
is that not moving at all? nmDog
Jul 26, 2001 10:47 AM
is that not moving at all? nmLardog
Jul 26, 2001 11:54 AM
Well, you're familiar with them, you gotta move a little, couple inches or so.
Practice on a MTB and on an inclineCima Coppi
Jul 26, 2001 10:51 AM
Its much easier to trackstand on a MTB than a road bike. Practice on the MTB and when you feel comfortable, switch to a road bike.

Also you should practice on a slight incline so you can use the force of you cranks to oppose downhill gravity.

find a slight incline...weezy
Jul 26, 2001 11:10 AM
and then find your strong foot... the strong foot has to be forward and your cranks horizontal... more or less. Most riders will turn their front wheel in the opposite direction of the strong foot. For example, my strong foot is left, so I turn the wheel right. You want to have your body up off the seat and over the bars. If you can't find a slight incline, then use your rear brake. Basically, you are balancing your forward and rear motions. If the bike feels like it is rolling backwards, then apply slight pressure with your strong foot... if going forwards, then let off your strong foot. If you are on an incline, then you won't need to worry about moving forward...

this may sound more confusing, but I hope it helps... check out the trials page on they have a ton of posts and links for trackstands.
Dougie and Wezie got it right...MrCelloBoy
Jul 26, 2001 11:31 AM
Practice on a slight grade after you figure out which side you favor.
I'm pretty darn good at it myself. My project right now is to get better at it on the tandem with my sweetie on the back. More at stake with a stoker.
Legend has it that Scot Nicol (AKA Chuck ibis) could do a 3 point turn in reverse on a tandem with stoker, backing downhill on a slight grade.