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How To Track Stand | GCN’s Pro Tips

How To Track Stand | GCN’s Pro Tips


– The ability to track
stand will mean that you’ve got more balance and therefore more control over your bike. You won’t be clipping in and
out as much at junctions. And you can also then
show off to your mates. Coming up we show you exactly how to do a track stand as well as
some advanced techniques including, if I can do it, no handed. (rock music) First up, let’s recommend a location. Unlike me, you don’t
want to choose asphalt or tarmac, but instead,
something slightly softer just in case you do lose your balance. You also want to find
a very slight incline, more on the reasons behind that a little bit later on. And in terms of equipment,
you want to possibly swap out your clipless
pedals for some flat pedals, that way at least you’ll
be able to put your foot down quickly if things do go wrong. Once you’ve chosen your location, ride slowly towards it and then point your front wheel one side or the other but pointing up the gradient. Now the gradient is important because it’s going to give you some resistance, that when you push on the
pedals, you will move up, and when you let go, you’ll
go gradually back down. So you can get that rocking motion which gives you your balance. And this, eventually,
should mean that you can stay reasonably still and on the spot. Now some people say that
you should look in front of you at a point to
give you your balance. I find it slightly easier to look slightly in front of the front wheel. Now as you can see I personally favor aiming my front wheel to the left and having my left foot forward. But you might find that the
opposite is true for you. So just experiment and see what you feel most comfortable with. I personally find it
easiest being out of the saddle with my legs slightly
bent, arms reasonably straight but not completely locked out. And a quietly relaxed grip, with a finger or two hovering over the front brake. However if you want to go to the next step and go no handed which is
what we’re going to do next. You’re going to need to learn
how to do this sat down. (percussive music) Now the technique of track
standing in the saddle versus out of the saddle
is almost identical, it’s just ever so slightly harder I find personally, to keep your balance. But keep that front wheel
against the gradient and roll it forwards and backwards. And from there, once you’re
confident in the saddle, it’s simply a case of
gradually loosening up your grip on the hoods or the bars. Until eventually, you are confident enough to take it off, just for
a few seconds at a time. That way you will get
used to rolling the wheel forwards and backwards
with a very loose grip, or no grip at all. Until eventually, you’re going no handed. Now the other alternative is to just take one hand off at a time, controlling it with the other one,
then lifting that one off. Then, the ultimate and the hardest track stand to do in my book at least, is the out of the saddle, no hander. You want to rest the top
tube against the inside of your thigh, just above the knee to give you a bit of stability. Again, on the same gradient. This, as you can see, is
very difficult indeed. Aw I’m just holding it. I’m sure there’s loads of you out there who can do this better than me. That’s all I’ve got. Now you’re probably thinking to yourself, I haven’t got many junctions near my house where there’s a gradient for me to push my wheel against and that is where this next advanced
technique comes into play. So I’m now facing in the other direction on a downhill gradient and what I’m doing is rolling forward, putting my brake on, moving my body weight
slightly back and that’s enough to roll the wheel then backwards. And again this, then
allows you to balance. And as you get more used to it, you should be able to
do that less and less. Until eventually, even on flat or slightly downhill ground, you’re
keeping quite still. And there’s really not
much more to it than that. As ever, practice will
hopefully make perfect but if you’re having
any specific problems, let us know in the
comment section down below and either we or one
of our very helpful and knowledgeable viewers should
be able to help you out. Now if you’ve enjoyed this video, please give it the thumbs up down below. If you’d like to subscribe
to the Global Cycling Network just click on the globe. And if you really want to show off, we’ve got how to wheelie
and how to bunny hop down here and down here respectively.

100 comments on “How To Track Stand | GCN’s Pro Tips

  1. I was hoping for some secret to help me out. Last time I tried learning this, after about 5 minutes I was able to not completely fall off, and stand for about 0.1 seconds.

  2. I watched all 3 videos of y'alls videos…still don't got it…sigh. Question, seat lower or keep high? Thanks, practicing again

  3. @3:27 Daniel Llloyd demonstrates why a longer nose saddle, in addition to a powerful set of clenching glutes, is required for this extremely difficult task. An extra point of contact or a clamp needing grease?

  4. я уже вторые грипсы порвал и синяки набил)) в контактах сложно зато концентрация на максимум))

  5. Wheelie Dan, sorry I lost Track watching this video because Of the Bunny Hopping outside. Hope you can Stand this humour. Can you demonstrate the rear wheel wheelie Next? How about You, Matt, Si, Tom, Choclate voice and the new guy have a friendly competition on who can Track Stand the longest?

  6. A simple solution to the uphill practice and the downhill technique is to ride fixed! By far easiest to track stand.

  7. Was trying to track stand while riding with a group… lost balance and was still clipped. Fell over twice within a minute. Everyone clapped…

  8. This is a great video, however, I couldn't land my bastard helicopter for nearly an hour and I almost ran out of fuel.

    Thanks Dan.

  9. I couldn't track stand until I started commuting on a fixed gear. It's a lot easier on a fixed gear. After you learn that, it's pretty easy to be able to do so on a freewheel bike. The only thing is at leas I can't track stand with a freewheel if the ground is even slightly declining.

  10. I taught myself to track stand because I used to be (not unlike Matt) absolutely terrible at getting clipped in to my first gen Look pedals. So I rolled up to lights more and more slowly until I was just doing track stands. 😉

  11. I use the front brake to store energy into the fork which acts like a spring to push me back and ultimately rock the bike when in a flat or downhill scenario.

  12. At 0:18 I'd Like to see you try a 'track stand' on a track like that! Track racing is done counter-clockwise, thus a track stand would be performed with this in mind. If you want to stop at a light, left or right would work, but don't try doing a track stand on a track turning your wheel to the left!

  13. Why change the clipless pedals against flat pedals, when you can just swap your cycling shoes with regular shoes. Typically the clipless pedals are flat enough to give a decent amount of support (Speedplay pedals are so-so).

  14. What’s all this rolling backwards and forwards malarkey? Stop at the lights, brakes on, front wheel turned to the left or right, bit of force on the pedals and hold. Get the angles right and you can pretty much track stand on the spot. No hands, now that’s just showing off. I would definitely laugh at someone falling off while attempting that!

  15. Does track standing frequently cause your chain to stretch significantly faster than it would otherwise? I spend quite a bit of time waiting at stop lights in my daily commute and I'd rather not have to change my chain much more often.

  16. I can track stand like a bitch…. I knew a showoff friend who bragged about being able to hold it ….. Wrong.. He potato chipped his front wheel. Total laugh!

  17. Guys!!! I'm not an expert but i can say with 100% honesty that the production quality of this video is just amazing!!!! Keep up the work GCN!!! You guys rock!!!

  18. Dan's front wheel axle is on the drive side. btw, why are quick release skewers always on the non drive side? is there any good reason behind it? #TorqueBack

  19. I've lost a front tooth 2 months ago, misjudged a simple corner during a rainy day. .can't afford to lose another, great skills though

  20. Good video.. question.. what is the riders height and size of bike? Jist curious because rider seems very tall and frame looks very small for some reason.

  21. Random question. Im new to riding and would like to know, can a cx bike handle a mtb trail? I mean without the suspension, grip etc

  22. i've always been doing it wheels pointing right and left foot forward something tells me i've been doing it wrong … i can hold it for 2 minutes

  23. Comments:

    1. It's only a track stand if the front wheel is turned to the right.

    2. You have not explained the conceptual principle behind this technique, which is that you are essentially riding your bike. By this, I mean that the balance on a moving bicycle depends on the countersteering principle of bicycle dynamics that to turn in one direction, you first turn the bars in the other direction. In terms of riding a bike in a general straight line comes down to the following principle: to avoid falling in one direction you turn the bars in that direction. In particular, when you pedal on one side, that increases force on that side which should make you fall to that side, so you need to slightly turn the bars to that side in order to keep the bike going in a general straight line.

    3. Therefore, to do a standstill, when you are falling towards one side, you should turn your handlebars towards that side. This means that if your wheel is pointing left as in the video, then when you fall left, you move forward while turning bars left, and when you fall right, you move backwards while turning the bars right.

    4. Point 3 explains why you need a hill: you need to go backwards when preventing falling right. This also explains why a standstill is much easier on a track bike, since you can pedal backwards to move backwards.

    5. You didn't mention that it's easier to do in an easier gear, since you overcorrect if the gear is too large.

    -ilan

  24. If you find yourself in need of trackstanding a lot, maybe you need to change where you ride? It's more about… riding, not standing. You can also plan ahead, slow down when you see a red light from a distance and wait it out riding very slowly. Most of the time you won't need to stop. Other than that, clipless pedals are not for the city IMO.

  25. I'm 78 years old and trying to learn to do a track stand while seated. Yours is the first tutorial that has addressed that. Thanks. I'm getting closer and closer to being able to hold a track stand.

  26. If there's one thing guaranteed to provoke motorists it's a cyclist doing a track stand at traffic lights. Not advised. Stop and put your foot down.

  27. Impossible to balance yourself on a ball of water spinning over 1000mph while moving through space at another 67,000 mph in space. This is more proof the globe 🌎 is a hoax.

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