Besides hypnotizing motorists at stop lights, trackstanding indicates a level of skill both on the track and on cities streets. Mark V can trackstand any bike at any time – seen him do it with a folder and cargo. He does it while eating a burrito during his lunchbeaks at the shop, to keep his skills sharp.
On occasion I ride fixed and have been doing so more while recovering from busted-up ribs. On the fixie, I focus on my legs, cadence, and control because I can’t do much yet with my body above the hips. Yesterday Mark V rode up on me on Alaskan Way and, of course, trackstanded at the next light. Being a competitive person, I attempted to match his skills with mixed results. Later on Twitter, I tweeted
Mark V said a Track Stand does not involve forward motion? What? What is that called then when you don’t clip out and move a little bit?
I guess on average it involves no forward motion, but a trackstand is a nice example of dynamic stability. Meaning moving.