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.
The owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, Dr. William B. Clark has been in practice for 25 years, treating ear, nose, and throat problems with surgical and non-surgical techniques. In his spare time, Dr. William B. Clark enjoys cycling.
One major component of cycling is proper maintenance, especially lubrication, which is essential to protecting moving parts from the elements. Without regular lubrication, parts will be vulnerable to corrosion, rust, and eventual failure.
The two most common types of lubricants for bicycles are grease and oil. Usually thicker than oils, greases are good for large-thread bolts and bearings, such as hubs and headsets. They are also useful for the connections between the pedals and the crank arms. Meanwhile, oil-based lubricants are best suited for the gear and brake assemblies and other parts that move frequently, such as the chain. Use bike oil for thin-thread bolts.
Though maintaining all components of a bicycle are important, keeping the chain regularly lubed is especially vital. In addition to lubing while it is attached, you should occasionally remove the chain from the bike and soak it in a solvent, being sure to re-oil it after you have finished. Regular spot-lubing can reduce the need for a solvent bath.
Braking and gear-changing components need equal attention. Brakes and levers require a few drops of oil. In wet conditions, oil brake and derailleur cables regularly, paying particular attention to the pivot points of the assemblies.
Consult with a bicycle dealer for details on which grade lubricant to apply. In rainy climates, more durable lubricants should be used more frequently. Drier weather calls for lighter weight oils that attract less dirt.