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    Need track stand tips please.

    Hi y'all,

    I slow at stop signs and lights and try to keep moving forward ever so slightly so I can still stay upright. I am ok with that.
    But I haven't got into motionless standing.
    Got any pointers?
    Thanks for helping.

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    Okay, major ProTip here:
    One thing that really helps to stay balanced is to slide forward out of the saddle as you come to a stop so you are straddling the top tube (but not actually sitting on it) put most of your weight on whichever pedal is currently pointed down;
    this lowers your center of gravity ever so slightly, and also allows one foot to reach the ground.
    That extra foot on the ground in addition to the two tires makes keeping the bike from falling over really easy without having to make any corrective motions at all, been totally motionless all through a 2 min traffic light!
    With this technique I can stay balanced one handed; or even do tricks like drinking from a water bottle (on the bike!) and using hand signals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenologer View Post
    Okay, major ProTip here:
    One thing that really helps to stay balanced is to slide forward out of the saddle as you come to a stop so you are straddling the top tube (but not actually sitting on it) put most of your weight on whichever pedal is currently pointed down;
    this lowers your center of gravity ever so slightly, and also allows one foot to reach the ground.
    That extra foot on the ground in addition to the two tires makes keeping the bike from falling over really easy without having to make any corrective motions at all, been totally motionless all through a 2 min traffic light!
    With this technique I can stay balanced one handed; or even do tricks like drinking from a water bottle (on the bike!) and using hand signals.
    What kind of a dolt would wait for the entire duration of a 2 minute traffic light?

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    Fixie? the road crown needs to be noticeable.. tracks are banked..

    front wheel turned up slope..

    Or, you could pop a wheelie and ride it like a unicycle..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 06-12-12 at 12:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    What kind of a dolt would wait for the entire duration of a 2 minute traffic light?
    The kind that doesn't want to get hit by cross traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    What kind of a dolt would wait for the entire duration of a 2 minute traffic light?
    wut?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lungimsam View Post
    Hi y'all,

    I slow at stop signs and lights and try to keep moving forward ever so slightly so I can still stay upright. I am ok with that.
    But I haven't got into motionless standing.
    Got any pointers?
    Thanks for helping.
    I used to practice in my driveway, it had a very slight slope. Find yourself a similar no-traffic spot with a slight slope. Just lightly press on your fore pedal to keep from rolling backwards. Get accustomed to letting the bike roll backwards a bit then pressing on the pedal again. Then, if you're in the USA (or other right side driving country) try it at 90 degrees to the slight slope, with the high side to your left. This will mimic the crown of the road. Turn wheel to the left, into the slope and press on your forward pedal. Stay loose and relax.
    1980ish Free Spirit Sunbird fixed * 1996 Mongoose IBOC Zero-G * 1997 KHS Comp * 1990-ish Scapin * Lemond Buenos Aires Triple

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    I used to practice in my driveway, it had a very slight slope. Find yourself a similar no-traffic spot with a slight slope. Just lightly press on your fore pedal to keep from rolling backwards. Get accustomed to letting the bike roll backwards a bit then pressing on the pedal again. Then, if you're in the USA (or other right side driving country) try it at 90 degrees to the slight slope, with the high side to your left. This will mimic the crown of the road. Turn wheel to the left, into the slope and press on your forward pedal. Stay loose and relax.

    ^^^look no further ^^^
    except to say you can always hop up and down at a stop, it's usable energy. scares people in cars tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenologer View Post
    Okay, major ProTip here:
    One thing that really helps to stay balanced is to slide forward out of the saddle as you come to a stop so you are straddling the top tube (but not actually sitting on it) put most of your weight on whichever pedal is currently pointed down;
    this lowers your center of gravity ever so slightly, and also allows one foot to reach the ground.
    That extra foot on the ground in addition to the two tires makes keeping the bike from falling over really easy without having to make any corrective motions at all, been totally motionless all through a 2 min traffic light!
    With this technique I can stay balanced one handed; or even do tricks like drinking from a water bottle (on the bike!) and using hand signals.
    I use a variation of this technique, whereby I transfer most of my weight to the foot on the ground, using the other foot to flip the crank back up to 45 degrees forward of vertical.


    It's called a trackstand for a reason. On the road, just stop and put one or both feet on the ground like a sensible person
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    I used to practice in my driveway,
    I used to practice in my driveway too until I fell over. My cat was looking at the window thinking "I hope this dummy can still feed me".

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    While I often put a foot down I have to imagine that all those that see no use at all for trackstanding have never ridden through a busy city center with foot retention. I'd hate to have to unclip at every light rolling through downtown Portland.
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