Trackstand School

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.

Track stand show off

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?

@JohnFriedrich replied

I guess on average it involves no forward motion, but a trackstand is a nice example of dynamic stability. Meaning moving.

Hip Circa 1976

If we had a band, we’d make a record, and use this photo for the cover.

Shorty with Friend

The tracks would include music remixed from 1976, the year Cray-1 was developed, Apple was formed, the Ramones release their first album, and Patty Hearst was sentenced to jail.

That’s Shorty and Friend near Lake Dreamland, Jefferson County, KY, by the photographer Robert K. Hower in the Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection. Seen in the Plonsky group on Facebook.

Wick is Sick

Pacific Northwest race promoter “Wick” is sick and we don’t mean that in the cool, hip hop, dope way, but mounting hospital bills, devasting sickness way. He’s in hospital now and the community is rallying around him, raising money.

Race the White River Revival @ Greenwater to donate

Wick has been an area race promoter for 20 years. He is the host of the famous “Wednesday Night World Championships” and has served as an integral part of our racing community. Currently our friend is in the ICU unit where he is battling a monumental infection that could keep him there for some time.
Registration is now open on [bikereg](http://www.bikereg. com/events/ register. asp?eventid= 11263) and [details here](http://www.ragnarok

Updated to remove the link to Caring Bridge.

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