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R U the track stand champ of RBR? Other stupid bike tricks?(38 posts)

R U the track stand champ of RBR? Other stupid bike tricks?Sintesi
May 16, 2002 10:13 AM
For some reason I seem to have passed a barrier and can now track stand on my road bike for a reasonable amount of time at traffic lights. I've been able to do this on my MTB for ages and for a greater length of time but this skill on my roadbike has been lacking. Haven't really been trying just happened. Come to think of it, my agility riding no handed has been improving greatly as well. There must be a balancing threshold and I have passed onto the "other side." : )

Anyway, I can hold a track stand for two or three minutes on flat land. Longer on a slope. How about you guys?

Do you have any particular handling skills you would like to share? I think Lonefrontranger said she knew a guy who could bunny hop onto his rollers. This impressed me.
Other stupid bike tricks?tronracer
May 16, 2002 10:27 AM
My friend does a no-handed skid/track stop and no handed track stands(Even on his mtn bike). Me? I'm working on it.
no hand track stand on roadbike...need slight hill nmishmael
May 16, 2002 10:27 AM
But can you pee while riding? NMbnlkid
May 16, 2002 10:32 AM
Sure. If I pee on myself. (nm)Sintesi
May 16, 2002 10:38 AM
Is it just a myth?bnlkid
May 16, 2002 10:41 AM
Or do the pro racers really pee while they are on the bike on the longer stage races?
Done it...biknben
May 16, 2002 12:18 PM
I'm not gonna brag about it. I do it occasionally on rain rides. I'll spare people the details but in the rain I figure it doesn't matter if I get a little on me.

Pro racers do it. There was a picture in cyclesport one or two years ago of the TDF peloton. Someone here pointed out that the Yellow Jersey wearer was taking a leak. Sure enough, there he was, little peeper out over his shorts watering the sunflowers.
ever done it in a race...id love to do it in a cat 5 critishmael
May 16, 2002 12:26 PM
maybe pee on every other lap when you come around...thats my kind of humor..or chase the rest of the peleton around as you try to pee on them....take a pull at the front and shoot straight up over your head and get'em all
ishmael, the peenergizer bunny! I love it!!AllisonHayes
May 16, 2002 2:38 PM
you are one sick dude with an even sicker sense of humor!

LMAO! get em all--you go dude. You can be the rabbit! I'll think of you from now on as the peenergizer bunny. hopping funny.
No, and I'm jealous!Kristin
May 17, 2002 6:21 AM
Ahem... Enlighten me. What do women do in races anyway? (Don't get OLN...don't even have cable, so I'm quite out of the know.)
run into the busheslonefrontranger
May 17, 2002 12:24 PM
If you've ever seen coverage of the H-P or the Tour Femminile, it's just like the guys. There seems to be a general consensus amongst the peloton at some easy point during a long stage that it's time for a "nature break", and everyone makes a break for the woods and/or ditch. In women's racing it's generally understood (even more so than in men's racing) that taking a flyer during a nature break is in extremely poor taste, that will bring shame, contempt and ostracization (not to mention "flicking" for life) upon your head if you ever try it.

Even in (men's) Tour stages, you'll see bunches of guys off their bikes at the side of the road; these are the guys who either have never mastered the "pee from the bike" thing or don't have enough teammates nearby to assist.

The amateur races most of us compete in aren't typically long enough to require "nature breaks" unless perhaps you're talking about a big national calendar stage race in the men's or women's Pro/1/2 fields.
LOL - Could be taken the wrong wayKristin
May 17, 2002 1:15 PM
Thanks for explaination. Its scary that I was was actually curious about this; but I was. Its the end of the week--before vacation--and I've talked to many imbeciles. One thing you said made me snicker. If I knew nothing about bike races or bike teams, this could be taken in an entirely different light:

"Even in (men's) Tour stages, you'll see bunches of guys off their bikes at the side of the road; these are the guys who either have never mastered the "pee from the bike" thing or don't have enough teammates nearby to assist."
Congrats on joining the club.Ken of Fresno
May 16, 2002 10:33 AM
It seems like there are some people that just naturally have good balance and can trackstand for days. Others struggle to learn the skill. I think it's a big help for your handling skills if you can trackstand for a prolonged period of time. You're right about the incline helping. Some people turn the wheel to the left to balance and some turn to the right. If you're stopped at a light and the rode slopes down to the gutter at the right it makes it harder for right turned balancing. Once I balanced while waiting for a train to pass. Felt kinda cool with all the traffic watcing. :)

Ken
how about this...DougSloan
May 16, 2002 10:37 AM
I'd love to be able to track stand that long. Maybe I'll practice while watching the baby this summer. :-)

Let's see, I routinely jump cattle guards on descents while on aerobars -- that qualify?

I used to be able to remove a jersey while on rollers. I was young and stupid(er) then, though.

Here is a trick I've tried to no avail -- Can anyone climb out of the saddle with no hands or only one hand on the bars? I've tried to wipe sweat from my forehead while standing, and it doesn't work with only one hand on the bars.

Doug
A few weeks ago I ...Humma Hah
May 16, 2002 2:22 PM
... started home and realized it was a little cool, so I took off my backpack, took out my windbreaker, put the windbreaker on, put the backpack back on, all while pedaling about 15 mph down a lonely service road at the airport (no traffic, flat, and straight).
A few weeks ago I ...DougSloan
May 16, 2002 2:37 PM
Pretty good. But then, you've been riding HH for so long it probably knows where to go by itself, right?
Pretty much.Humma Hah
May 16, 2002 3:09 PM
I put a bid on a Paramount frame last night, but some bugger bought it outright. If I do manage to snag one, it will be a LONG time before I have than kind of no-hands confidence on it. Schwinn cruisers can be ridden no-hands by kids with a week of riding experience.
I can...lonefrontranger
May 16, 2002 10:43 AM
Pick up a credit card off the ground while riding.

I learned that skill at Dirt Camp last year, and I can now do it on my road bike too. The guy who taught me this is a former BMX flatland pro and I saw him do the following amazing stunts: he popped a large wheelie no-hands, from a trackstand, on a mushy heavy dual suspension rig. Later on while he was demonstrating something else out on the ski slopes, he rode **BACKWARDS** at a high rate of speed through a big, *long* banked downhill switchback, then did a "manual" and 180'd out of it to a dead stop. All the time, I'm thinking "I am not worthy, I am not worthy... " 10 minutes later as he's talking and trying to demonstrate the proper way to "chainring hop" a fair-sized log, he rides dead into the bottom of it and endos. Splat!

My SO can trackstand for a considerable length of time no-handed. I can stall and wobble around a bit, but I haven't crossed that threshold yet.

My old coach was the one who could trackstand, then bunny-hop onto the rollers and start riding, then bunny-hop off of them. I consider this cheating since he used his fixed-gear track bike which was much easier to control. yeah, right, like I could ever attempt something like that...

I once successfully bunny-hopped a guy's head at 25 mph in a Cat IV/V crit. It wasn't so much skill as sheer gut reaction not to kill the dude, but I'll remember the terrified look in his eyes until I die. He came up to me later and thanked me profusely for not T-boning him in the face.
I can...Ironbutt
May 16, 2002 6:06 PM
For all of you road riders: a trackstand is a very specialized riding technique that is reserved for the track (velodrome) It is NOT to be used on the road under any circumstances, lest you want to give the rest of us road cyclists a really irresponsible reputation among the general populace who might view this stunt. That having been said, on the track bike at the velodrome I can trackstand almost indefinitely.

Our (my wife's and mine) best trick is to come to a complete stop going uphill on the tandem, then coast backwards and execute a U-turn, then proceed downhill. On a good day, she can do it on her single, but I invariably fall over. Must be a girl thing. But I get up the hills much faster than she does, while she gets down faster than I can, with that "gravity loves mass" theory going out the window at warp factor five! She has NO FEAR!
I will not try a track stand for awhile.bnlkid
May 16, 2002 10:50 AM
Last time I tried to track stand at a light I fell. It is very difficult to put down your right foot when you are falling left. I know you are thinking, what's the big deal, we all have done it, but have you all gotten up only to see three beautiful women laughing at you? I was so deflated I didn't even notice my skinned knee until the shower water hit it.
re: R U the track stand champ of RBR? Other stupid bike tricks?firstrax
May 16, 2002 10:54 AM
I can coast backwards the entire length of my road while clipped in. An old BMX trick. Took a while to learn on my road bike. I do this coming back from a ride when I know the neighbors are going to be outside. They see me leave going forward then return going backwards.
It helps if you stare at your front tire and backpedal slightly faster the the bike is going.
My repertoireSherpa23
May 16, 2002 11:03 AM
I can track stand no handed for a long time (I don't know how long, it gets boring after a couple of minutes) on both my road bike and track bike, I can pee in any road race - yes we all do it - (not hard at all but better if a teammate pushes), I can mount rollers without any support (i.e. a wall or a chair) and can ride onto them and ride (successful only 90% of time). As soon as my broken plevis gets better, I am going to learn how to read a book on the rollers (riding no handed obviously).
geez - that's a fierce repertoirelonefrontranger
May 16, 2002 11:21 AM
Reading on the rollers isn't too hard as long as you're both a) used to riding no-hands and b) used to watching T.V. However, I can't do it for extended periods of time because it makes me dizzy/queasy. I'm not someone who typically has motion sickness issues either, so I've always wondered why reading on the rollers bugs me.

What's the prognosis on the broken pelvis? I didn't realize you lived in the Boulder area, BTW.
prognosisSherpa23
May 16, 2002 2:18 PM
Well, the prognosis is hard to say but the last two weeks have given me a better idea. I started riding 2 weeks ago - 7 weeks after surgery. I am up to about 400/450 miles/week now but I am forbidden from climbing, sprinting, or any powerful efforts. Supposedly it will take a year to get back to my previous level but I will get the all clear to train from the doctor on June 10 so presumably I can start racing on June 11 at Mead. I live in Denver but I usually am not here for the season and it looks like I will be for this one. It is hard to say if I will race the remainder of the season here. I have qualified for two spots for the Commonwealth Games in August (points race and road race) but I was planning on racing in two World Cups before so that I would be ready. Those WC's are out of the question at this late stage so if I don't feel ready, I will just stay here and maybe go to Superweek and Crit and Track nationals and not leave to go race in Europe until the Autumn. It would be nice to race here for a change since I train all winter here. The part that I am not looking forward to is going from winning professional level races overseas to suffering here in Pro,1 while I build back up the fitness. I will have to do it, though, but it won't be fun.
re: I can't do any tricks at all.dzrider
May 16, 2002 11:03 AM
My favorite is the guy in "Blast" who plays his trombone riding a unicycle.
I run into garagesAllisonHayes
May 16, 2002 11:35 AM
but I don't do tricks (let's not get personal here) :)
I've crashed 3 times in 9 months. does that count? nmweiwentg
May 16, 2002 11:05 AM
only 3 in 9 months?tacoShoppe
May 17, 2002 2:06 AM
Since the season started here... collegiate in California starts in february, i've had 4 hard crashes, and ran into the back of the guy i'm drafting twice without fallinng... ultimate demonstration of lack of handling skills on my part.
I can fall sideways off rollers, but for some reasonSpinchick
May 16, 2002 11:36 AM
I have no problem with track stands (albiet a little wobbly). I can bunny hop an acorn.
I "road rashed" my face and ear one time...floatch
May 16, 2002 11:47 AM
I was teaching a MTB course at a summer camp in Michigan a few summers ago, and a kid riding a GT crashed on a downhill run. He tumbled end over end a few times, and when he got up, his helmet was sideways, and he had a "chainring tattoo" on the back of his LEFT LEG! He was okay, so we all had a great laugh over that one...
As far as other tricks, I can sit on my handlebars facing the back of my bike and ride backwards a while, but I usually wobble and crash after about 20 feet.
How do you trackstand with no hands!?!
The same way you get to Carnegie Hall (nm)tronracer
May 16, 2002 12:29 PM
an easy bmx trick you can do on a road bikeishmael
May 16, 2002 12:22 PM
sit facing backwards on the handlebars and pedal..not very practical, i havent found a situation for it other than showing off
Low-level front wheelstands on roadbike...MrCelloBoy
May 16, 2002 1:47 PM
long trackstands, bunnyhops over roadkills (the guy behind always hates that one).
Scot Nicol, of ibis fame, is reputed to be able to do a backwards 3 pt. u-turn on a tandem with stoker.
Full tuck downhills, BOTH hands behind my back ...Humma Hah
May 16, 2002 2:18 PM
... I've gotten pretty good at a really tight downhill aero tuck ... if one hand behind your back works well, two hands behind you should be even better!

Don't try this except on the most stable bicycle ever built, and it helps if you have a coasterbrake you can use when your hands are nowhere near the bars, and only on hills where there's absolutely no way anything will surprise you. And make sure nobody is looking.
Oh yeah,Sherpa23
May 16, 2002 2:28 PM
I can do that too, but I forgot that it could be considered a trick. I usually do it to get stuff from my pocket and you're right - it only counts if it's a full tuck. I can also take off any article of cycling clothing on a descent (other than my shorts). Does picking up items count? I can pick up a dime on my road bike at 25 kph and I have been known to clean wrappers from the track as I warm up. Hmm, I don't know if I can do anything else that would be call a trick but maybe I will remember some more.
I've picked up litter with my toes ...Humma Hah
May 16, 2002 3:07 PM
... but at age 48, I'm not flexible enough to pick up dimes from a moving bike.

As posted above, I can take my backpack off, remove the jacket, put the jacket on, and put the backpack on, without stopping, no hands.
geeze guys, i can't even ride no-handed...nmdustin73
May 16, 2002 5:18 PM
Eskimo Rollgrzy
May 17, 2002 2:04 PM
Had a very skilled buddy in college that could do an Eskimo Roll on his bike. He'd be fully clipped in and go down on his side, roll over on his back while still fully hooked into the bike and get back up to the veritcal. He'd do it on the grass and on a very nice road bike. Said it was a twisted drill he learned from his NYC track bike friends. I've never seen any one else do it or even mention it. At 17 years old I was pretty impressed - come to think of it I still am.