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    Slackline & Trackstands

    They compliment each other pretty nicely.

    Here in OR I had to retire my webbing and carabiners for the winter, and learning trackstand tricks is a pretty adequate replacement. Just came across the thread with people talking about how long it took them to learn trackstands and was pretty surprised. I was doing no handers and 1 foot on the front wheel in my first week riding fixed.

    My slacklining buddy was working on a no-hander after 15 mins on my bike (granted he also rides a unicycle).

    Anyone else in here slackline? Or have a balance based activity to recommend?




    C/N I love balancing on stuff.

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    1. Remove tires from rims
    2. Trackstand on slackline
    3. ???
    4. Profit
    "I don't buy new frames, it just encourages them."

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    Yup.

    Yup^2.
    "The term, then, is obviously a relative one: my pedantry is your scholarship, his reasonable accuracy, her irreducible minimum of education and someone else’s ignorance." H. W. Fowler, Modern English Usage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Island3r View Post
    They compliment each other pretty nicely.

    Here in OR I had to retire my webbing and carabiners for the winter, and learning trackstand tricks is a pretty adequate replacement. Just came across the thread with people talking about how long it took them to learn trackstands and was pretty surprised. I was doing no handers and 1 foot on the front wheel in my first week riding fixed.
    good thing you posted this thread. other wise how else is the rest of the world going to know how cool you are

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssspenser View Post
    good thing you posted this thread. other wise how else is the rest of the world going to know how cool you are
    Sort of felt the same way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssspenser View Post
    good thing you posted this thread. other wise how else is the rest of the world going to know how cool you are
    Are you upset about something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssspenser View Post
    good thing you posted this thread. other wise how else is the rest of the world going to know how cool you are
    slackline is cool, indo boards are cool, trackstands are cool....whats your point

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    lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssspenser View Post
    good thing you posted this thread. other wise how else is the rest of the world going to know how cool you are
    Good thing you jumped on him like that. Otherwise how else is the rest of the world going to know how cool you are?

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    I learned how to trackstand instantly....blindfolded and riding backwards, with no rear wheel...jealous?

    Modesty.... right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crushkilldstroy View Post
    Good thing you jumped on him like that. Otherwise how else is the rest of the world going to know how cool you are?

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    pfff...
    from this position, mount the slack line, mount the bike, trackstand and then juggle balls while ridng no hands with a carton of eggs in your messenger bag all the while toggling the little jingly bell on the handlebars. all while wearing a che guevara outfit.
    you dont know me. you girlfriend does. I rode your bike.

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    so this fool's a circus guy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyze-guy View Post
    Where the pot and kettle meet.
    Kinda the point broham. But yeah.

    Back on topic. It'd be neat if I were talented enough to slackline. And I didn't see the braggadocio in this thread. Maybe it was above me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jacquie Phelan
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    Quote Originally Posted by crosswalkrider View Post


    pfff...
    from this position, mount the slack line, mount the bike, trackstand and then juggle balls while ridng no hands with a carton of eggs in your messenger bag all the while toggling the little jingly bell on the handlebars. all while wearing a che guevara outfit.
    I'm not sure if this post is 'calling me out' like the others did, but that pic is a good find. Skilled in the way of the GIS.

    I dunno what it was about my first post that angered the internetz, but I was (and still am) hoping for a healthy slackline discussion to develop.

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    i've always been much better at slacklining than trackstanding. i can jump on the line, walk, turn, sit, lay down, jump... but i'm lucky if i can stay on my bike through a red light. go figure.
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    some people say slacklining will help climbing

    i dont believe it

    will it help trackstanding
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    maybe
    not a 2ksuck'r

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    i just started climbing about a month ago, tons of fun. I have tried the slackline twice and, that **** is pretty hard, any advice on a getting started? I have almost no trouble on the indo boards, but i am a boardrider at heart!

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    advice on getting started: go slackline more. it turns out that this is another one of those crazy things that you actually have to put some effort into.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lukesac View Post
    i just started climbing about a month ago, tons of fun. I have tried the slackline twice and, that **** is pretty hard, any advice on a getting started? I have almost no trouble on the indo boards, but i am a boardrider at heart!
    There are a couple things you can work out to get yourself comfortable on the line.

    Find out if you're more comfortable with 1 foot on the line or two.
    If one feels more natural(left or right), go with it and use the other one (off the line) to help you balance.
    If two feet on feels right for you just figure out which leg you want to lead.
    If you don't have a friend to stand there and let you grab their shoulder, I've heard ski poles work fairly well.
    If you do have someone around, have them switch sides of the line every few minutes so you don't get in the habit of always falling to the same side.

    The muscle memory comes pretty quickly after lots of failure.
    Once it 'clicks' you'll go from floundering about and fallin off every 10 secs to standing and balancing for a couple mins faster than you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Island3r View Post
    I was hoping for a healthy slackline discussion to develop.
    Try another forum man.....this one is for bikes.

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    Island3r, thank you. That does help me get an idea on how to get started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Landgolier View Post
    1. Remove tires from rims
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    One of the best Southpark moments ever......

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukesac View Post
    Island3r, thank you. That does help me get an idea on how to get started.
    No prob, I'm jealous you can still go. I'm probably gonna suck by the time the weather gets decent here.

    Also, it helps to keep your knee(s) slightly bent, and don't look down at the line when you're trying to balance. Find something fixed to stare at, like the tree the line is tied to.

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