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
Your gateway to the wonderful world of mountain biking awaits with the value-packed Nashbar 27.5″ Disc Mountain Bike.
Nashbar Verge Platform Pedals
The Nashbar Verge platform pedal – solid and well-built – delivers some serious bang for your buck.
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