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Who can do a track stand?(15 posts)

Who can do a track stand?rrjc5488
Dec 28, 2003 9:15 PM
I just thought it would be cool to know how many of you can. I think I'm gonna try to learn on my road bike so I look cool at red lights. haha Include a picture if you can!
circus act?DougSloan
Dec 29, 2003 7:12 AM
I can for about 1-5 seconds, and maybe longer if things click just right. This is nothing compared to some who can almost indefinitely, though.

Taking a photo of myself while track standing would be a real circus act! ;-)

Doug
re: Who can do a track stand?boyd2
Dec 29, 2003 8:18 AM
I spent lots of time learning balance skills and trackstanding when I started to MTB many years ago. I used to like to ride around campus and ride up staircases (by hopping) and see how far I could go without unclipping. I think that I have lost some of the skill due to not practiceing for along time, but I can still stand for a pretty long time.

Hints:
1. Put your lead foot fwd. This is the one you have out front when coasting downhill. Ususally the left foot for rt handed people.

2. Turn the wheel toward your fwd foot.

3. Don't jam on the brakes but feather them.

4. If you loose balance release brakes, move fwd a bit and try again.

5. Try to learn on a slight uphill grade. It makes the brake work a bit less tricky.

6. You can always use the old trials rider trick of hopping up and down. If you learn to do this you can stand still forever. You can also learn to turn around in place.
a pic of a trackstand?Frith
Dec 29, 2003 8:38 AM
It strikes me that a pic of a trackstand would look not at all unlike a pic of a moving bike.
What amazes me is some of those urban assault guys (think that's what they're called... the guys who ride on park benches and fly off library steps). every once in a while you see them sitting around on they're bikes talking to eachother with they're elbows on the their handlebars relaxing like they're sitting at the pub.
I can do a trackstand if allowed to move forward incrementally every 5 seconds or so but then again I have a magic bike with an invisible kickstand. ;-)
here's your piccyclopathic
Dec 29, 2003 10:02 AM
guy on the left
re: Who can do a track stand? (pic)_rt_
Dec 29, 2003 11:36 AM


ok, so it looks like i'm moving but i wasn't. i swear. really......no, really!

i'm still working on getting the track stand on the road bike dialed in. sometimes i can hold it, sometimes i have to unclip, & sometimes i unclip then fall to the other side (doh!).

rt
Anyone from the old days ofOldEdScott
Dec 29, 2003 12:11 PM
clips, straps, and slotted cleats. It was trackstand or die those godforsaken years.
That is it exactly.MB1
Dec 29, 2003 4:28 PM
First of all let me apologize in advance to anyone I may offend with this post, etc....

When I was recovering from my broken kneecap I used clips and straps for a couple of months. All those old skills came back in a hurry. With clipless pedals there is very little reason to track stand so I rarely bother anymore.
Did you ever own a shoe anvil? (nm)Alex-in-Evanston
Dec 30, 2003 6:36 AM
Some messangers are amazing.Psalm 147-10_11
Dec 29, 2003 12:39 PM
I was in downtown Boston a month or so ago and I saw a guy on a fixed gear bike doing a track stand that must have lasted 3 or 4 minutes. I was right behind him in my car and wanted to applaude when the light finally turned green.

I can do an okay track stand, but this was really something. He took his left foot off the pedal and placed it on the front tire where he moved it back and forth causing the bike to move forward an inch or two, then backward an inch or two. The whole time he was sitting on the saddle looking so relaxed ... and so cool.
Humbly raises hand --->JFR
Dec 29, 2003 1:20 PM
JFR "MTB to road pedal convert... question" 9/30/03 1:59pm

When I posted that I didn't think to include feet postioning... I am left foot dominant, and pretty much only trackstand with the wheel turned left and my left foot forward.... such as at stop lights.

I also didn't think about seated or standing, I do both. I learned doing it standing. I recommend you try it both ways and do what feels easiest.

When I'm holding the bars, I can trackstand seated or standing about as long as I want. But I'm still perfecting the no handed stand. I do it seated (unlike the guy pictured in the post above). I can no handed trackstand a pretty long time, usually the length of a signal, sometimes longer. If my no hander gets in trouble, I just grab the bars and get things under control again. I almost never dab and I'm furious when I do :)

Keep practicing. It's a lot of fun, and it's a great way to jump into action when the light turns green.

p.s. Sorry, no pictures. But I'll get some.
No handed track standbikerb
Dec 29, 2003 5:08 PM
I have been practicing doing a trackstand with my foot on the front wheel. I have gotten pretty good at it, this is one of my best with no hands.
applause (nm)Psalm 147-10_11
Dec 29, 2003 6:21 PM
on my fixie and my racing bikeaaroncvc
Dec 29, 2003 8:58 PM
I can do one handed on both...

my friend brian can do one foot and one hand on his road bike
my friend john can do no hands on his road bike
my friend vinnie can ride backwards on his fixie

be carefull though. nothing stretches your chain out like a trackstand.
and yes we all work or have worked as couriers (nm)aaroncvc
Dec 29, 2003 8:58 PM