Shred Series: 6 Steps to Track Stand on Any Bike

Shred Series

Learn how to track stand

Regardless of your discipline, track stands are an important skill to learn. On the road: track stands help you stay clipped in at a red light. On the trails: track stands help you get a good look at a drop before rolling down. On the track where the skill (and name) originated: track stands are a crucial tool to fight for the best position at the start of a race. But — more than anything — track stands are just plain cool.

Track stands can be done on any bike and learned fairly quickly. The steps are simple and you can practice almost anywhere.

Equipment: You can track stand on virtually any bike, but here’s some recommendations. Track bikes or “fixies” are easiest to learn on, but only when you’re already comfortable riding them. If you aren’t used to riding fixed gear bikes, we recommend starting with something with some low gears like a mountain bike. We also suggest using flat pedals — not clip-ins — to make it easy to get your feet to the ground in case you lose your balance while learning.

Here’s some great gear to help you perfect your track stand:

Nashbar 27.5″ Disc Mountain Bike

Nashbar 27.5 Disc Mountain Bike
Your gateway to the wonderful world of mountain biking awaits with the value-packed Nashbar 27.5″ Disc Mountain Bike.

Nashbar Verge Platform Pedals

Nashbar Verge Platform PedalsThe Nashbar Verge platform pedal – solid and well-built – delivers some serious bang for your buck.

Giro Xar Mountain Helmet

Giro Xar Mountain Helmet
The Giro Xar offers all the features you’ve come to expect from Giro’s top-level mountain helmets.

Step 1: Find a slight incline

Unless you’re on a fixed gear bike, starting on an incline will help you use gravity to your advantage — letting the bike rock down the slope before you use your pedals to rock back up. As you get better, try it on flat ground.

Step 2: Place your feet horizontal on the pedals

This puts you in an optimal position to balance the bike between your legs. Most find putting their strong foot forward is easiest, but whatever is most comfortable should work best for you.

Step 3: Turn your front wheel into the hill

Like Step 1, this lets you use gravity to your advantage.

Step 4: Look at the ground 6 ft. ahead of you

Locking your eyes on a fixed point allows you to focus on keeping your bike in one place.

Step 5: Rock bike back and slightly pedal forward

This is where it takes practice. Lots and lots of practice. Work toward making your movements smaller and smaller.

Step 6: Fail, try again, get better

If you don’t fail, are you even trying?

Have any tips from your own experience? Or want to share your learning process? Share it in the comments or across social media with #shredsomenash

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One comment on “Shred Series: 6 Steps to Track Stand on Any Bike
  1. Calvin Lau says:

    Indeed, being able to track stand is a useful skill. I learned on my own years ago when bicycle commuting was NOT the norm in Los Angeles. It was so easy to never put a foot to the ground, whether at stop signs or red lights, during my typical 30 to 60 minute travel time. I persisted for over 30 years. It was fun. In retirement I no longer ride, partly out of convenience and safety, but that’s another story for another time.

    Editorial comment: I am very dismayed to see the vast majority of bike riders today in L.A. do the “California roll” and totally move through stop signs and red lights, oftentimes times without even slowing. And they are not noshing on sushi. Following the rules of the road is viewed as an inconvenience in this “me-first” society. We seem to live in a rush-rush world. It is endemic not just with cyclists, but afflicting pedestrians and motor-vehicle drivers alike. Physics prevails in unintended encounters — that is, collisions. Size matters and “big” prevails. There has unfortunately been an increase in traffic deaths among pedestrians and cyclists. It’s up to each of us individually to be role models and shift our culture to one of following the rules of the road. Every day without fail I see violators. Just today, when I saw a young father, hand-in-hand, lead his young son to cross against a red light (even though there was no traffic), I thought to myself, how could he be teaching his kid this lesson?

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