1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
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    Learn How To Track Stand in one day!

    Want to learn how to track-stand, but can't get started? Here is an easy track-stand 101 lesson that will have you doing track-stands in one day.
    1. Attach a simple tie-down strap to your bike until you learn to balance.
    2. TRACK STAND!!! That's all there is to it!!!
    SEE THE VIDEO...
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    Actually, that's not a bad idea

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    doh! Why haven't I thought of that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fell_brook View Post
    doh! Why haven't i thought of that?
    lol!
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    nice!
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    That is a GREAT idea. I never even knew what that track standing was but I can think of countless situations where it would come in handy.

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    Good suggestion.

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    Smile


    Thanks all!
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    Great article on power and balance (see link below). Also some information on why track standing is an important skill...
    Is More Power Making You Mountain Bike Slower?!
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    I tried to learn yesterday on my own & ended up with sore nuts when I slipped off the pedals & on the concrete when I landed... I'm going to try this way tonight!

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    ah so the key is no shirt and flip-flops

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    Quote Originally Posted by dundundata View Post
    ah so the key is no shirt and flip-flops
    That is a key element... Haha!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dundundata View Post
    ah so the key is no shirt and flip-flops
    Not at all... I can do it with a shirt and clipless shoes... I swear!
    ...But it was 93 degrees that day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jstrube View Post
    i tried to learn yesterday on my own & ended up with sore nuts when i slipped off the pedals & on the concrete when i landed... I'm going to try this way tonight!
    lol
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    doing it with no shirt & flip-flops is cool, i gotta try that
    & using a strap may be helpful to get started but...
    the better way to trackstand is with your front wheel turned toward your front foot

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    Ya bro. Suns out; guns out!

    Just kidding.

    Great idea that I will suggest the fiance use, and even myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markaitch View Post
    doing it with no shirt & flip-flops is cool, i gotta try that
    & using a strap may be helpful to get started but...
    the better way to trackstand is with your front wheel turned toward your front foot
    Well, I can trackstand with my wheel turned either way (and for maybe a 1/2 minute even with it not turned at all), but everyone is different and more comfortable in one position or another.

    Can't say that "the better way" make much sense though. What happens if you get used to "the better way" and then you are forced into a switchback that necessitates a trackstand in the opposite direction?

    So my question is, what makes “the better way” better?
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    Quote Originally Posted by agentorangemen View Post
    Ya bro. Suns out; guns out!

    Just kidding.

    Great idea that I will suggest the fiance use, and even myself.
    LOL
    Hey! I'm 49 years old. Can't a guy get a break?!
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    Great video. I didn't even know what a track stand was lol. This def could be useful in a lot of situations! Thanks

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    Genious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wozn1ak View Post
    great video. I didn't even know what a track stand was lol. This def could be useful in a lot of situations! Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyi View Post
    Well,

    Can't say that "the better way" make much sense though. What happens if you get used to "the better way" and then you are forced into a switchback that necessitates a trackstand in the opposite direction?

    Like dahhhhhhhhh,
    You don't do switchbacks in your "bad" direction.





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    Quote Originally Posted by ziscwg View Post
    Like dahhhhhhhhh,
    You don't do switchbacks in your "bad" direction.

    Yep. I just fall down.
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    great tip. thanks for sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by smoothie7 View Post
    great tip. Thanks for sharing
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