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You can learn to spin(14 posts)

You can learn to spinKristin
Aug 19, 2002 8:18 AM
Hey, it only took me one month (riding just twice a week) to increase my cadence from 83-85 RPM to 94+ RPM. Cool. And a great bonus is that my speed has increased. I thought that spinning would do the opposite--make me slower--but I was wrong.
But can I learn to trackstand?Silverback
Aug 19, 2002 8:20 AM
I'm apparently a natural spinner--I was pedaling at 95-105 before I even knew I was supposed to. But what I really want to learn is to do a trackstand. My record now is about 0.4 second.
the quick way...Steve_0
Aug 19, 2002 8:33 AM
stay clipped-in; practice in traffic.

You'll embarass yourself into quick learning.
Been there, have scars, still can't do it -- nmms
Aug 19, 2002 8:51 AM
"You'll embarass yourself into quick learning."Sintesi
Aug 19, 2002 9:15 AM
Or you'll fall under a passing auto.
I suppose if youre foolish enough to take 'in traffic' literallySteve_0
Aug 19, 2002 9:21 AM
You can do it! Have confidence in your skillz.tronracer
Aug 19, 2002 8:59 AM
I learned how to trackstand the same way I learned how to drive a clutch. I bought a ride and set out into heavy traffic. A trackstand isn't that hard once you learn the mechanics of it.
trackstand tipswonderdog
Aug 19, 2002 9:59 AM

start to learn on a slight incline. then, gradually do them on lesser and lesser grades til' you can do them on flat ground.

i find that standing is easier than sitting.

find your "chocolate foot" (that's what hans rey calls it, not me). This is the foot that you like having forward. I prefer to have my left foot forward and right foot back. it's funny, i can trackstand for a long time in this position, but if i switch to my right foot forward, i have much more difficulty.

trackstands are much easier to learn on a fixed gear bike. you don't have to worry about the brakes at all.

hope this helps. oh, i learned in a parking lot in about 10 practice sessions. be patient!

I can trackstand but the toe overlap bets interesting at times!.koala
Aug 19, 2002 6:12 PM
I think anyone who has spent enough time on a bike can do it with practice. Roll up to lights progressively slower and you will get it eventually. I used to sprint and trackstand after every ride, just to practice those skills.
Going slowlyKristin
Aug 20, 2002 5:15 AM
I'm nowhere near an actual trackstand, but since I've gotten my Look pedals, I HATE clipping out. Its not all that difficult to turn little circles in an intersection or to roll very slowly. The only difficulty I've had so far was nearly getting blown over in front of the Mavic truck on Thursday. (I really need to learn to clip out to my right.)

Question: Do I need to be in a bigger gear to trackstand or can I do it in whatever gear??
What's a trackstand? nmfbg111
Aug 19, 2002 2:26 PM
This is a trackstand........tronracer
Aug 19, 2002 5:03 PM
And wasn't this thread supposed to be about spinning? nmLeisure
Aug 20, 2002 1:22 AM
The lessons we learn.Len J
Aug 20, 2002 4:08 AM
I had the same experience several years ago when a riding bud convinced me that spinning was the way to go.

Wait until you do it for awile & realize how fresh your legs are at the end of a ride (Compared to mashing).

Keep working until you can ride comfortably at 105 or so and then alternate during your ride betwween 90, 95 100 & 105. It allows you to rest your legs at times & rest your cardio system at times.

Len