Rubbish track stand

Rubbish track stand

Rubbish track stand

If you want to practice your track stand, please do it off road and not at the traffic lights, no one is impressed by a rubbish track stand at the lights. Once you are rock steady, then you can do it at the lights, like this…

Ruairidh MacGlone showing how a track stand should be done

… but then Ruairidh is a cycling instructor.

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8 Responses to Rubbish track stand

  1. Wombleford Bloom says:

    That’s a little elitist now, isnt it?

  2. Is it really necessary to make fun of other cyclists here, telling them they are “rubbish”, “showing off” and “look silly”? Do you really think such remarks will really encourage a lot of people to try out cycling?

    If you don’t see how arrogant and rude your remarks are, then think about the following: Would you say the same to pedestrians who are a bit wobbly on their feet? “If you want to practice walking, do it off the pavement, no one is impressed by your rubbish walking skills”. No? Why not?

    • Sorry that are offend by the comments about the track stand, but is being able to track stand an essential skill? In places where cycling is common do you see people waiting at the lights track standing on a regular basis? No, of course not, most people when they stop on a bicycle just come out of the saddle and put a foot on the ground while they wait.

      Track standing comes from track racing where it is a way of moving off faster. To use your pedestrian analogy, it would be rather people crouching into the start position for a sprint when they were waiting at a pedestrian crossing.

      As for being off putting people from cycling, do people trying to track stand at the lights encourage people who don’t currently cycle to try it? Or can it be another just another barrier to cycling? One of the favourite way used by the motoring lobby wanting to put down the idea of riding a bicycle as transport is to talk about cyclist wobbling about the road in a dangerous manor. People track standing badly at the light just re-enforce this attitude and that is not a good thing.

      We are not trying to take a hard line on this, there is no right or wrong answer.

  3. Thanks for your reply. I understand there are valid reasons why you prefer if cyclists don’t do that, but I think it’s more useful if you explain that in a friendly way (as you do in your comment) and try to avoid strong words.

    For me, coming from Germany, I’d never have thought much about it or made a connection to racing until you explained it in your comment. Back home, many cyclists stop this way occasionally when it is convenient or one feels like it, and I never felt that anybody had a problem with it or thought it’s “showing off”.

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