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    Which type of track stand was hardest to learn?

    Hey guys!

    I've finally gotten to the point where I can track stand at almost any stoplight that isn't facing downhill on the first try for up to 3 minutes at the longest. I rarely unclip now unless I am sure the light will be a long one.

    I decided to go out and work on seated and switched track stands and I have to say switched is the harder of the two for me.

    My left foot is my chocolate (front) foot and so I always turn my front wheel to the left.
    I don't even get the chance to roll back when I try to stand with the right foot forwards! I just slowly fall to the left till I put my foot down.
    I am guessing that's because I haven't built the muscle memory to take the pressure off my right foot yet. Its worse than when I first started to learn to track stand my natural way! hah

    Meanwhile the seated seems natural, it might only take a week until it feels comfortable.

    I tried to do the seated with one foot on the front wheel too just for fun, but that is wayyyyy out of my league for now. after i get the other two down maybe it will be a quick learned trick or maybe not. No way to tell until I get there.

    This would all probably be easier on a fixie but I can't find a frame to build on right now.

    So how about you guys? Which one took you the longest and most effort to learn?

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    No handed

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    used to be having the hardest time ever till I figured out a secret trick to it

    so, rotate cranks so one is up and the other down
    now on the higher one, slightly angle your foot so your heel points outwards
    get this! omg! that slight foot twist, unclips your foot from the pedal
    now you can put it on the ground to hold yourself up
    I can balance for literally 10 mins like this now!

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    Benefit of this other than wanting to look cool? It takes what, a half a second to unclip and put your foot down?

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    There is no significant benefit. However, it is really cool if only because most of us can't do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
    There is no significant benefit. However, it is really cool if only because most of us can't do it!
    Thanks...

    I can't do it, never tried to do it, never will try to do it..

    I figured there was some other benefit..

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    I have no problem at all doing a track stand at a red light on my TerraTrike.

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    Track stands give you a faster start from a light or stop sign.

    A full stop without a foot down, lets a cyclist do a sharp 90 degree turn on single track trails or other situations, especially if the turn is off camber. Other riders endo on such turns.
    Land of the Free, Because of the Brave.

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    It actually is a useful skill if you ride MTB as well. Any improvement in handling and balance is a good thing.

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    on a flat surface.. Bicycle racing tracks are banked.

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    I don't really remember "learning" to trackstand... but my "good" side is with my left foot forward and the wheel turned to the left. I can also do it with my right foot forward, although on some of my bikes I have to be careful of toe overlap. I can take one hand off the bars either way, but I can only take both hands off if my left foot is forward because I do it by standing up and sort of bracing the top tube against my knee. With the right foot forward, the wheel is turned away from the forward knee, so there's no good way to brace with no hands.
    I can sit down either way, but it's harder than standing. If I sit down I have to actually think about it, whereas when standing it's just a habit and I do it without thinking at all. I rarely put a foot down at stop lights.
    But I haven't learned to do it with the wheel turned to the right, and I haven't really tried to practice it that way either. Actually it's not really something I have ever practiced, it's just a habit.

    I'd kinda like to try the kind where you put a foot on the front wheel, but I have fenders on all my bikes so that doesn't really work.

    As to whether it's useful, I think it is occasionally but certainly not critical. The best practical reason I can think of is that a lot of times I will trackstand with my left arm sticking out when I want to make a left, and then when there's an opening I can make use of it faster. The other thing is, if I'm standing there in the middle of the street with my arm out, drivers will ignore me; but if I am trackstanding (even if I am perfectly stable that way for as long as it takes), they're more likely to let me make my left turn because they think I'm halfway through making it already.

    It's also useful for those occasions when from time to time I ride with one hand and carry something in the other, like a cup of coffee or takeout or something awkwardly shaped that I'm only going a short distance with. With one hand occupied, it's easier to start and stop (especially at lights) in a trackstand than to put a foot down. Before you ask, I ALWAYS have two brakes on my fixed gear, and if I'm carrying something, I carry it in my right hand so I can use the front brake with my left. I still signal left turns even if I am carrying something in my right hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raqball View Post
    Benefit of this other than wanting to look cool? It takes what, a half a second to unclip and put your foot down?
    It's less boring than standing on the ground waiting for a light to change.

    That compliance with red lights more likely which reduces your chances of being hit by a car and harmonizes relations between cyclists and motor-vehicle operators.

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