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Please help me track stand.

Old 01-08-07, 11:47 PM
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Please help me track stand.

UGHHHHHH ****ING****COCKBALLSDAMNIT****, does anyone have any usefull pointers for track standing? Really anything will help me. I suck.
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http://www.63xc.com/gregg/101_12.htm
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or that 63xc link 128 posted
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Originally Posted by onetwentyeight
I read that .
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for reals:

ride around in circles, decreasing size and speed as you go - and do NOT do this quickly. It will talke time. Learn to ride slowly with your bars turned. We you feel comfortable (make sure feet are NOT in clips/straps or cilpped in) slow to a stop, lead foot forward with wheel pointed towards lead foot.

that is how I learned at the velo
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Old 01-08-07, 11:58 PM
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Originally Posted by [165]
for reals:

ride around in circles, decreasing size and speed as you go - and do NOT do this quickly. It will talke time. Learn to ride slowly with your bars turned. We you feel comfortable (make sure feet are NOT in clips/straps or cilpped in) slow to a stop, lead foot forward with wheel pointed towards lead foot.

that is how I learned at the velo

Yea, right now I'm practicing in my living room watching TV, and I'm guessing that is not the best way to learn, from a standstill.
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Old 01-09-07, 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Tully
Yea, right now I'm practicing in my living room watching TV, and I'm guessing that is not the best way to learn, from a standstill.
definitely not. wait until you can get out into the street - it is much easier to slow to a stop, then trackstand than to simply hop on the bike, into a trackstand.
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i did the circle thing on a basketball court, the one where polo is played on chrystie and broome. i nailed it today at a light on houston and broadway...even with everyone staring and giving me looks for being smack in the crosswalk...hahha
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Originally Posted by [165]



or that 63xc link 128 posted
Good one!

Seriously though, just practice a lot and you'll get it. You had to figure out how to ride a bike at some point, so i'm sure you'll get it.
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As trite as it sounds, practice practice practice. I had a two hour or so break at a show I was working and just decided that that was going to be the day I learned. I'm by no means an expert, but by the end of that time I could stay up way longer than any lights in the city (3-4 minutes). And I had been DEAD convinced that I'd never get it. I guess this is because I never spent more than 10 minutes or so practicing before getting frustrated and riding off. Starting from a standstill is a mistake. I found the best success in just riding around for 20 seconds or so then slooooowly rolling to a stop and holding it there. Good luck!
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Old 01-09-07, 12:20 AM
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Thank you homeboys, will get out there soooon and practice a lot.

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Originally Posted by d_roche
i did the circle thing on a basketball court, the one where polo is played on chrystie and broome. i nailed it today at a light on houston and broadway...even with everyone staring and giving me looks for being smack in the crosswalk...hahha
my boy's all growns up!!! actually i probably had like jack **** to do with it...

practice riding very slow ( i find riding next to a walking friend does well). then try small circles, exceedingly tighter and tighter. then stop, and hold. an incline helps as well, as per the link posted above. beyond that, it is literally just practice practice practice. I've alway had terrible balance--thru hockey, football, bikes, etc. if i can trackstand thru a stoplight, then anyone can, and I mean that. It literally just takes going out and practicing every day. after a while, you find that sweet spot. then, as you practice more and more, you get better at staying in the sweet spot. that's really all it is. there's no real like "this is how you trackstand" guidebook, just generalities like "its generally easier to start standing up; most people trackstand with front wheel turned toward foot they skid with forward; lower gears make it easier; etc." probably the best advice i can offer you (besides the front skdding foot equals front trackstanding foot) is to look out ahead of your wheel, into the medium distance (ie stop light, traffic, etc.). The biggest thing to learn is just to not over-adjust...I'm still working on this but I can get through most stop lights at least...
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get off the computer, get outside and ride.
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Originally Posted by 666pack
get off the computer, get outside and ride.
Did you type this from your saddle? Impressive track stands indeed.
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no. i'm laying on my bed watching the history channel eating macaroni and cheese and apple jacks.

but i'm not the one trying to learn how to trackstand.
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Originally Posted by 666pack
no. i'm laying on my bed watching the history channel eating macaroni and cheese and apple jacks.

but i'm not the one trying to learn how to trackstand.
True.




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Originally Posted by 666pack
no. i'm laying on my bed watching the history channel eating macaroni and cheese and apple jacks.

but i'm not the one trying to learn how to trackstand.
that sounds ****ing awesome...if only i had macaroni and cheese...and apple jacks...and didn't haveto be at work in 7 hours...
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I sow a guy doing a trackstand on a roadie the other day, no fixed gear, how is that possible, dude sat threw an entire stop light didnt budg. i wana be able to do that, any clues?
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If your down for a ride I can give you a few pointers. You'll be doing no-handed trackstands in no time.
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I sow a guy doing a trackstand on a roadie the other day, no fixed gear, how is that possible, dude sat threw an entire stop light didnt budg. i wana be able to do that, any clues?
Was it a hill at all? If yes, he was using the hill like you would use backpressure. If no, he was simply embarrassing you with his balancing ability. I can hold a "trackstand" on a freewheeled bike for about 10 seconds. Useful for stopsigns, and lights you have to stop for.
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Originally Posted by BuddyMike
If your down for a ride I can give you a few pointers. You'll be doing no-handed trackstands in no time.

Right on matey, what part of Mass are you from?
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I was in boston trackstanding badly because of of ****ty pavement at the intersection. I got served by some dude trackstaning on a geared mountain bike across the intersection.
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Originally Posted by Tully
Right on matey, what part of Mass are you from?
You almost guessed my town the other day. That town.
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