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Old 06-30-06, 07:16 PM   #1
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First successful track stand

But why am I telling you, and why here? Because of the circumstances.

About a mile from my house on my commute home, I suddenly see a brown streak out of the corner of my eye. It's a large dog chasing me, and he has crossed a busy (two lanes, but 45 mph) street to come after me. At first glance he looks like a pit bull, but he's just a muscular lab mix.

I'd slowed down when I first saw him, and now he runs directly in front of me and stops, facing me. I can either run him over or come to an immediate stop. I'm a dog lover; I stop dead. Unfortunately, I'm still clipped in. That moment of "Oh s**t" kicks in as I start to fall, but I somehow manage to turn my front wheel and stay upright for a second or two. I unclip.

Long story short...Animal control was already there and had been trying to catch the dog for an hour. I called my wife, we caught the dog after about 10 minutes, animal control left (they're not allowed to take dogs off the owner's property here), and I put the dog on his line in the back yard. I also left a note (not angry; my dog has gotten loose too) and my phone number.

I saved the dog from getting hit and did my first successful track stand. Instant karma.
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Old 06-30-06, 09:56 PM   #2
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Nice.
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Old 07-01-06, 01:04 AM   #3
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A second or two is hardly a successful trackstand. Good work with the dog, though.
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Old 07-01-06, 01:39 AM   #4
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Good deal - what made you unafraid of the large muscular dog chasing you?
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Old 07-01-06, 10:14 AM   #5
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A second or two is hardly a successful trackstand. Good work with the dog, though.
Any length of time is a successful trackstand, especially if you don't fall!
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Old 07-01-06, 10:26 AM   #6
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erm... track stand = stopped on your bike but not touching the floor?

I can do that for about 30 seconds if I really need to tend to do it at lights and if im stuck waiting for a guy to go through a cycle gate.

It must be something different surely?
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Old 07-01-06, 07:06 PM   #7
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well done
I can usually do my best track stands when I am just farting around (1-2 minutes no handed)
however, Ihave found that doing them in traffic is far easier when you don't think about it at all
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