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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, 02:16 AM
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Can you trackstand?

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Old 04-25-09, 05:23 AM
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Does "moving forward really really slowly" count? I can't do a proper track stand to save my life but I don't usually have to put my foot down at lights.
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Old 04-25-09, 06:52 AM
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I can only do
Left foot forward, handlebars to the left
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Old 04-25-09, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
Does "moving forward really really slowly" count?
No.
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Old 04-25-09, 07:40 AM
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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
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what about having to switch your bars from left to right when trying to keep them steady?

i don't just hold them one way, especially at red lights.
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I don't trackstand all that much anymore.Usually i slow way down when i'm coming up on a red,read the traffic and most of the time i'll find a gap to run it.If i have to stop i'll trackstand unless i'm really tired and carry a ton of stuff.
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Originally Posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
Does "moving forward really really slowly" count? I can't do a proper track stand to save my life but I don't usually have to put my foot down at lights.
That's exactly what i do haha
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Originally Posted by Build your own View Post
I don't trackstand all that much anymore.Usually i slow way down when i'm coming up on a red,read the traffic and most of the time i'll find a gap to run it.
This. Usually I'll come up to a light slow enough that I've still got momentum going for when it changes to green if I can't just pop through.
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I picked the last option. If it looks like I'll have to wait more than 10 seconds, the foot is going down. Its 2009, no one is impressed by long trackstands anymore.
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There couldn't be just a plain old "no" for an answer?
I can't trackstand, but I don't feel any need to be snarky about it.
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i go forward and backward about half an inch if im not balanced.
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No.
Can you juggle?
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I do the slow down and hope it turns green soon thing.
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Originally Posted by mander View Post
I picked the last option. If it looks like I'll have to wait more than 10 seconds, the foot is going down. Its 2009, no one is impressed by long trackstands anymore.
Yeah, same. I've also found that putting a foot down confuses drivers a lot less.
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I trackstand usually at lights. I guess it doesn't wear my right cleat (I step down with my right foot usually) as much by doing this.
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Can you juggle?
Yes
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Originally Posted by crawdaddio View Post
No.
Can you juggle?
I can juggle.

Also, I can kind of trackstand, just not for long periods of time. I never actually try, but I tend to creep up to the line and run the red anyway. /shrug
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I do left foot forward, don't really care about which way the bars face. Since I'm in the USA, I typically do it with the bars to the left, so as to steer into the crown of the road. Easier that way.
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Old 04-25-09, 02:22 PM
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I've been working on my ass-in-the-saddle trackstands, just to keep things interesting.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I've been working on my ass-in-the-saddle trackstands, just to keep things interesting.
I was doing this while talking to on the mobile and waiting for the MAX to Portland.
I was doing it no-handed, though, and it was much easier than I thought it would be for the most part.
I held it too long, became careless, and the bike fell over underneath me, though.
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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.
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I prefer right foot forward heavily, too, especially when my hand/hands aren't on the bars - but if I'm using my hands I can trackstand in all direcitons, just I very rarely go left/left due to my own comfort.

I usually try for the roll to the green game, but there's often enough those times where I hit the light for the full cycle (har HAR) so I trackstand for those usually.

I trackstand most of the time whenever waiting, but don't feel any obligation to do/not do them. Just whenever I feel like it.
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Originally Posted by mander View Post
I picked the last option. If it looks like I'll have to wait more than 10 seconds, the foot is going down. Its 2009, no one is impressed by long trackstands anymore.
Speak for yourself. I can't do them and I'm impressed when I see people who can.
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Originally Posted by crawdaddio View Post
No.
Can you juggle?
yes, while trackstanding
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