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Old 06-08-04, 08:35 AM   #1
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How does proper trackstand look?

I'm probably the only fixedgear cyclist in my town, so there is nobody to show me proper trackstand. My question is: do you look motionless while trackstanding? Because I've read a post somewhere about motorists asking trackstanding cyclist "what are you leaning on". When I trackstand on lights I have to rock my bike like 5cm forth and back to stay uprigt. How hard is to achieve trackstand looking motionless?
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Lots of practice and good balance. Which is why I continue to fail the motionless version.

Every so often I get it to be completely motionless, but it is a matter of seconds, otherwise I'm with you. It will come I'm sure, just keep at it.

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a perfect trackstand is motionless.

a good trackstand has little bits of motion for balance correction.

i can only achieve the perfect trackstand about twice a year (unless you count my daydreams), only on my Casati, and only when not carrying anything more than what's in my pockets.

the problem is that i commute on a different fixie and always carry a messenger bag or panniers. i'm nowhere near good enough to trackstand with a single, loaded pannier.
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a perfect trackstand is motionless and no handed. i've seen a couple at after party trackstand comps, and somehow by pretty wasted people, so its not an everyday occurence. im cutting down my rocking alot, but rocking is by all means normal. just be obsessive and trackstand in your room, it helps (me anyways)
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next time you're in chicago Ill show ya....
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hey crusted, you racing the cuttin crew classics?
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hey crusted, you racing the cuttin crew classics?
think it might be my time to volunteer....i'd definitely love to be there...haven't seen anything up on the web yet, once I do, I'll contact whoever...might be Cooter...to let them know Id like to help out..

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Is Drew coming down for it? If anyone wants to volunteer, let me know as I can send a list to Jeremy/Mike of who can help.
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I'm probably the only fixedgear cyclist in my town, so there is nobody to show me proper trackstand. My question is: do you look motionless while trackstanding? Because I've read a post somewhere about motorists asking trackstanding cyclist "what are you leaning on". When I trackstand on lights I have to rock my bike like 5cm forth and back to stay uprigt. How hard is to achieve trackstand looking motionless?
Can Someone post a picture or link to a video of a proper trackstand??
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Can Someone post a picture or link to a video of a proper trackstand??
http://www.63xc.com/gregg/101_12.htm

How's that?
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Can Someone post a picture or link to a video of a proper trackstand??
google.com einstein.
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Hmmm. That's just getting me pictures of a physicist and bagels.
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Hmmm. That's just getting me pictures of a physicist and bagels.
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google.com einstein.
Since he's trying to find, versus figure out, "Sherlock" would have been more appropriate.
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Track stands (pics from www.oldskooltrack.com):
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Since he's trying to find, versus figure out, "Sherlock" would have been more appropriate.
lol..nice..
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not a trackstand (literally, this is from www.stringyspit.net and it is of a skid crash...but at the same time, it might represent what a failed trackstand looks like):
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isn't there a ton of vids on old skool track
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I guess it's safe to assume only fixed gear bikes can do this, right?

(hopes that it can be done on a freewheel bike )
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I have seen people with freewheel bikes pull them off. It is just harder since you have to do the pressure adjustments with the brakes or by pushing/pulling on the tires with your feet.

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I guess it's safe to assume only fixed gear bikes can do this, right?

(hopes that it can be done on a freewheel bike )
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Sweet! I gotta leanr this sometime then..I hate having to re-clip when the light turns green...some large intersections here only turn green for me for about 8 seconds...so if i'm not clipped in and mashing like mad the second it turns green..it goes red when im in the dead middle of it.
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I have seen people with freewheel bikes pull them off. It is just harder since you have to do the pressure adjustments with the brakes or by pushing/pulling on the tires with your feet.

um, no.

i can do the perfect (motionless) trackstand on a freewheel bike. i can do it nohanded. i do not have to touch my brakes, and i do not have to touch my tires wth my feet. i can do it standing, i can do it seated.

and if you give me my track bike, i can do it while drinking a beer.
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um, no.

i can do the perfect (motionless) trackstand on a freewheel bike. i can do it nohanded. i do not have to touch my brakes, and i do not have to touch my tires wth my feet. i can do it standing, i can do it seated.

and if you give me my track bike, i can do it while drinking a beer.
can you do it in a hat?
can you do it with a cat?
can you do it just like that?
can you do it with a flat?
can you do it with a guy named Matt?

sorry..your post was WAY to doc seuss..
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I heard he did it with a cat!
Just don't ask what he did with the rat.
You will not find it in his flat.
If you want to know just ask Matt
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a perfect trackstand is motionless and no handed. i've seen a couple at after party trackstand comps, and somehow by pretty wasted people, so its not an everyday occurence. im cutting down my rocking alot, but rocking is by all means normal. just be obsessive and trackstand in your room, it helps (me anyways)
I was at the 7-11 Velodrome in Colorado Springs and I saw a guy practicing a trackstand. A member of the US National Team (a junior) said that he could do a trackstand with no hands while juggling. The other guy just smerked. A little later I looked up to see this junior doing a trackstand with no hands. He was yelling for someone to give him something to juggle. He was stock still. Amazing!!!!
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