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How to Trackstand on A Fixie (8 Critical Tips)

Few tricks look this cool. Learn how to track stand today.

Image of a man wearing jean shorts holding a white fixed gear bike.
Image of a man wearing jean shorts holding a white fixed gear bike.

No cycling trick is more synonymous with fixed gear riding than the trackstand. It’s a great way to stay upright when at a standstill, and it looks awesome. But how do you do a trackstand on a fixed gear bike?

To do a trackstand on a fixie, use pedal straps, practice somewhere that it’s safe, and come to a complete halt. Even out your pedal straps horizontal e and turn your wheels 45 degrees.  Then, pedal slightly forward and backward until you reach equilibrium. Keep practicing until you get the hang of it. 

But there’s a lot more to it than that. So, if you want to learn to trackstand, you’re in the right place. in this article, you will learn what a trackstand is, how to do one, and whether it’s dificult to do a trackstand on a fixie. 

Editor’s note: This article was updated on February 9, 2022, to include additional information regarding fixie tricks.

What is a trackstand?

A trackstand is a really cool track every fixie rider should know. If you’re commuting around town and have to stop at traffic lights, street corners, etc., this is a useful technique. Clipped into your pedals or toe straps, you can stop for a while and continue riding without ever having to unclip. This is a useful trick to learn and play around with. So, with that out of the way,  let’s get to learning how to do a trackstand.

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How to do a trackstand on a fixed gear bike

To begin, the trackstand relies on a precise sense of equilibrium. If your new to riding, check out our how to ride a fixie article here.

1. Try to use pedal straps

When you learn how to trackstand, straps, clips, or anything else that keeps your feet in place makes it easier. This is a good way to ensure that you go down if you lose your balance before you have the ability to pull up on the pedals.

I recommend practicing a few hours without straps at first just to get the hang of balancing. Odds are you will want to take your feet and place them on the ground several times at first, and having them strapped in might make you fall. So, try it without straps for the first day. Then strap in when you’re more confident and comfortable.

If you don’t have pedal straps, check out some of these below.

2. Practice somewhere safe

Wherever possible, ride your bike in an area where you won’t be harassed by other people and have some cushion-like on a patch of grass. Practicing on your own is the greatest way to ensure that you won’t fall over in front of your sweetheart.

3. Come to a halt

Begin pedaling and gradually reduce your speed until you come to a complete halt. As you slow down, get out of the saddle and maintain your weight balanced on the bottom bracket by standing up. 

4. Even out your pedals

with your pedals event out horizontally. In the beginning, it’s better to stand on the pedals to get a sense of how the bike feels in your hands.

Image of a fixie cyclist on a trackstand in the city streets.
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Image of a fixie cyclist on a trackstand in the city streets. Source: Tom Austin on Unsplash

5. Turn your wheel 45 degrees

To slow down, turn your wheel 45 degrees in either direction as you approach a complete stop. (You should be able to tell which direction you are more comfortable in.) When you make a left turn, make sure your left foot is on the pedal. If you make a right turn with your wheel, make sure your right foot is on the pedal.

6. Shifting the pedals backward and forward

Your center of gravity should be shifting left and right as soon as you turn the wheel. This is where your center of gravity and balance comes into play: You can achieve a perfectly balanced position by shifting your body weight slightly and shifting the pedals slightly backward and forward.

7. Look forward not down

As tempting as it may be to stare at the front wheel and your feet, doing so can make it easier for you to shift your weight forward and make it more difficult to maintain balance. Instead, try to keep your eyes on the road ahead and your feet on the ground. You’ll be able to see the light change or your opponent begin his sprint while looking cooler than the kid next to you who is staring at his hub!

So, try not to look at your feet, you’re likely to freak out and mess up. If you look forward and simply focus on one point you’re more likely to gain your balance because you are more relaxed. 

8. Have fun 

If learning isn’t fun, you’re just going to drop it. Literally. So make sure to enjoy the learning process and have fun as you ride.

If you want to see an example of this in action, take a look at this video called How to Trackstand on Any Bike from the FOAD YouTube Channel.

A video called How to Trackstand on Any Bike from the FOAD YouTube Channel.

Are trackstand difficult to do?

Not particularly, this is one of the easier fixie tricks. But even so, every trick is difficult to do—until you do it. Remember that everyone was once a beginner. If doing a track stand seems like a difficult task for you now, it won’t after a few weeks of practice.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Below are some commonly asked questions regarding commuting on a fixed gear bike.

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Why do cyclists do track stands?

Image of a fixie cyclist on a trackstand in the city streets.

The track stand is a crucial fixed-gear cycling skill. The track stand gets its name from the ability of velodrome riders to balance their bikes on the track (not to mention, a fun skill to show off). It may help you keep your balance without having to unclip, and it allows you to take off from a halting position in a matter of seconds.

How do you practice track stands?

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The best way to practice a track stand is on a safe surface such as a patch of grass. This way if you fall, you fall soft. And, perhaps most importantly, don’t give up. Every trick is difficult at first. But after a few weeks of practice, you will be able to master the track stand.

What is the longest track stand?

During the MTV show Nitro Circus, Jim DeChamp (USA) held the longest track stand of 21.34 seconds at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, USA, on November 18, 2008.

Conclusion

Doing a track stand can be a lot of fun. But it takes practice, so if you don’t get the hang of it at first, don’t give up. Eventually, you will master the trackstand—guaranteed. 

In this article, we covered what a trackstand is, how to do one, and whether it’s dificult to do a trackstand on a fixie. Here are some key takeaways:

Key takeaways

  • To learn how to trackstand, start somwhere safe.
  • Try to use pedal straps
  • Practice somewhere safe
  • Come to a halt
  • Even out your pedals
  • Turn your wheel 45 degrees
  • Shifting the pedals backward and forward
  • Look forward not down
  • Have fun whiel practicing
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So, do you know how to trackstand? Are you trackstand master? Let us know in the comments below (we read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out our full blog for more tips and tricks on everything fixie. Thanks for reading, and stay fixed.

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Written by Bradly Knight

As a native New Yorker, Bradley is no stranger to the fixed gear scene. He’s been riding fixed for over ten years. When he’s not on the bike, you can find him practicing his many hobbies including playing guitar, video production, and photography.

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