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View Poll Results: How do you trackstand?
Left foot forward, handlebars to the left
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40.93%
Left foot forward, handlebars to the right
42
11.54%
Right foot forward, handlebars to the right
132
36.26%
Right foot forward, handlebars to the left
44
12.09%
I trackstand with the cranks at 6 & 12 o'clock
26
7.14%
Only hipsters trackstand. I put my foot down!
77
21.15%
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Can you trackstand?

Old 04-25-09, 08:00 PM
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I can trackstand on my road bike. Is it still a trackstand?
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Originally Posted by Scratcher33 View Post
I can trackstand with either foot forward, with the bars in either direction, without hands if I need to pull out a super-hipster move (only right foot forward for this one)...I'm a total dork. I do prefer to do right foot forward.
Ditto.
But if my legs are tired from riding for long periods I'll usually put a foot down. I also prefer sitting.
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Originally Posted by queerpunk View Post
I can trackstand on my road bike. Is it still a trackstand?
If you're not doing it on a track, is it a trackstand?
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Fixies, mountain and road bikes. I can trackstand on all of them. But then I can also put my foot down. I only do it around people who don't know **** about bicycles so they're say "what the **** are you doing?"
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a trackstand is the easiest "trick" you can do on a fixed gear bike. I learned it in about the same amount of time it took to slide comfortably. It can be pretty fun to just sit on the bike and practice. Got either foot forward, 1 handed, no handed, 1 foot through the frame, both feet through the frame, foot on front tire no hands, foot on back tire no hands. Still need to master just 1 foot no hands though for the next competition.
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Only if I'm not thinking about it. if I intend to, I usually lose my balance and have to put my foot down.
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Old 04-26-09, 09:05 PM
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No one can actually track stand, all the videos on the internet are obviously faked.
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I am going to figure out some way to take trackstanding to the next level.
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It took me forever to get track-standing down. Mostly because I had to find my equilibrium. What works for me is: right foot forward, handlebars to the right, and tilt the bike slightly to the right so it touches my right leg as I ever so slightly tilt my body to the left. Bam. There are moments where I feel like I'm practically floating...


...and then I lose concentration to peek up at the lights and I quickly put one foot on the ground :-)
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Has anyone ever received any comments/weird looks while trackstanding at red lights?
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Originally Posted by birthdaytronic View Post
Has anyone ever received any comments/weird looks while trackstanding at red lights?
sometimes roadies will look at me with a wtf expression on their face.

i like to do a controlled "rocking back and fourth" trackstand when im not too tired.
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The best thing to remember when you're learning is to always pick a visual focus point and not move your eyes from it.
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I had to choose the last option. I can't trackstand. I envy those with enough balance and control to do long trackstands though.
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I can trackstand in every way mentioned in the poll
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Originally Posted by rarebird View Post
wtf happened to "yes"? oh wait, thread title not thread question

yah i can trackstand, like all of those ways, like with a freewheel too, on a road bike, mountain bike, fixed gear, whatever.

I duno why its called trackstand at a red light, everyone does it


I would stop at a red light on my single speed(mountain background),but not get off my bike. I guess its cool now,they call it a trackstand.
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Yup, either way it all just came natural for some reason. Learned to track stand in about 2 hours.
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Has anyone ever received any comments/weird looks while trackstanding at red lights?
Harley rider in the lane next to me said "I wish I could do that." couple years ago.
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Originally Posted by HybridPilot View Post
sometimes roadies will look at me with a wtf expression on their face.

i like to do a controlled "rocking back and fourth" trackstand when im not too tired.
Sounds like you were Tom Hanksing it.
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How come there's no option for ambidextrious tarckstanding?
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Couple fingers on the front brake, tension in the fork, slight rock fore and aft. Non-fixed trackstands are go. Can even sit up at the light.
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Originally Posted by PluperfectArson View Post
I am going to figure out some way to take trackstanding to the next level.
Take it to the next level.
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Originally Posted by birthdaytronic View Post
Has anyone ever received any comments/weird looks while trackstanding at red lights?
I've had a couple of people say "nice balancing!" or ask if it's hard/takes balance. One guy asked how long I could do it for, I answered "no idea, I've never timed it - just as long as it takes for the light to change".

One mystified guy asked "whoa how do you do that?" so I explained to him the fixed wheel deal.
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I prefer the wheel cocked to the right and right foot forward...
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Originally Posted by birthdaytronic View Post
Has anyone ever received any comments/weird looks while trackstanding at red lights?
Only while commuting home on my cross bike in a tie and the weird look was from some kid on a Kilo trying really hard to trackstand.
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