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.