I have always been fascinated by trackstanding. Standing completely still on a bike looks so cool. This skill is often used by track sprinters when trying to stay behind their opponent in the tactical part of the sprint. It seems complex, but actually, it is possible to learn how to make a good trackstand with some practice. I usually post advice about physical training, but today’s post is dedicated to technical skills.
Before you start practicing:
Wear a bike helmet. Accidental events might happen during practice, and wearing a helmet is always good.
Use regular pedals and shoes. Instead of using your finest carbon cycling shoes, wear a standard pair of shoes. It makes it easier for you to jump off the bike when/if you lose your balance.
Tips that will make your trackstanding easier
– Place the pedal arms at 3 and 9 o’clock.
– Turn the front wheel to the side of the front foot.
– Stand up.
– Use an inclined road.
– Use a fixed gear bike.
The best way to learn trackstanding is practice. Before you start, you should have a look at this video clip to see how the primary position looks:
Basic trackstanding (20 seconds video clip)
If you think trackstanding is an incredible skill to master, take a look at these links:
Advanced tricks (3.59 min video clip)
Advanced tricks (3.14 min video clip)