I have been doing some reading latley and found some interesting items.
Henry Miller (Tropic of Cancer etc.) said that his best friend was his bicycle, a bohemian made track bike he bought from a six day racer at madison square garden. He also aspired to be like the track heroes of his youth. Henry egg etc.
The Garden was built as a velodrome back in the day when cycling was the hottest thing in American sports.
The national pastime used to be track racing.
The real name for what we now call the "track stand" is "jockeying", the origin of the phrase "jockeying for position".