How to Perform a Track Stand on a Bicycle

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Track Stand

Dr. William B. Clark owns and operates ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, where he and his associates treat ear, nose, and throat related ailments. When he gets time away from work, Dr. William B. Clark enjoys fine tuning his cycling abilities.

Executing a track stand allows a cyclist to stay balanced and upright on a bike while in a stationary position. Keep reading to learn how to perform this technique.

1. Pick a safe spot to practice. An empty parking lot or private driveway are both good options. A surface with a slight grade is preferable.

2. Find your balance. Avoid the temptation of looking down or at the front tire. Keep your center of gravity over the frame, not over the handlebars. While coasting, practice rolling slowly in this pose, keeping feet and pedals stationary.

3. Shift into a gear that allows you to put constant pressure on the pedals, and make sure your strongest foot is up and forward. To track stand, you will be balancing the forward force of your foot on the pedal with the light force of the brake. Practicing with a hill will help you learn not to rely too much on braking force to stand.

4. Ride parallel to the sloped surface. Coast slowly to a near stop, and turn your wheel smoothly but quickly uphill. In this way, you will be able to apply slight pressure to the pedal and move uphill, then remove the pressure and roll back. Moving back and forth, you can remain upright easily. Turn your front wheel small amounts for balance.

5. Practice rolling less and less until you can stand seemingly motionless in a perfect track stand.


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Dr. William B. Clark of Pensacola, Florida, commands nearly three decades of experience as a medical practitioner with specialized training in ear, nose, and throat (ENT) treatments for adults and children. As the owner and lead physician of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida since 1991, Dr. Clark oversees the day-to-day administration and patient care for a busy Pensacola clinic. Prior to opening his private practice, Dr. William B. Clark completed his medical training at The University of Tennessee College of Medicine and served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. After completing his undergraduate work at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, and joining the military in 1978, Dr. William B. Clark went on to earn his M.D. from The University of Tennessee in 1982. He followed this up with a yearlong medical internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in California and then a four-year residency in otolaryngology at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. During the course of his military career, Dr. Clark served as a Battalion Surgeon at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and the Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Naval Hospital Orlando. In 1991, Dr. Clark, a Navy Lieutenant commander at the time, received his honorable discharge and entered into private practice. Throughout his career, Dr. William B. Clark has kept his training and technical knowledge up to date through memberships in regional and national professional medical societies. He currently holds membership in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American and Florida Medical Associations, and the Escambia County Medical Society. A family man and philanthropist, Dr. Clark spends his free time with his wife and three children and contributing hours and resources to the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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