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Why Important to Improve/Nail Track Stands at Home

Practicing track stands at home can be important for mountain bikers for several reasons:

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Balance and control: Track stands require you to balance your bike in a stationary position without putting a foot down. Improving overall balance and bike control, which are crucial skills for challenging terrain. The better your balance, the more stable and confident you'll be!

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Technical skills: Track stands involve a combination of movements, including using your body weight, leaning your bike, adjusting your handlebars, and masterful use of a combination of brakes and chain. Practicing these skills at home can help you become more proficient at making these adjustments on the trail, especially useful when tackling technical sections, and tight turns.

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Confidence and composure: Developing the ability to track stand can boost your confidence as a mountain biker. Knowing that you can maintain your balance in tricky situations can help you stay composed and make better decisions when faced with challenges on the trail.

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Energy conservation: On the trail, there are situations where you may need to pause briefly to assess your surroundings or plan your next move. Instead of coming to a complete stop with a foot down, a track stand allows you to conserve energy and keep your bike ready for action. 

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Practice with family: Track stands along with many other driveway drills is a great excuse to get the family out with you, playing, and challenging each other. Make sure to keep it fun for everyone, and keep the learning more on the experimenting side rather than routine and pointers, if riding with your family! If you know how to do something, just do it. Your family will pick up on what they see from you. Only answer questions if asked. ;)

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Be better next spring: Plain and simple, are you going to be the rider who needs to “re-learn” everything next spring? Or do you want to be the rider who is better at biking next spring? For free? Let me also say this… practicing doesn't mean you take the sport too seriously. It doesn't mean you’re training for a race season or chasing sponsors. Training simple things at home is for everyone. For your mtb journey, your confidence, control, and ultimately your safety. (Having better balance makes biking a little safer don’t you think? K, me too.)

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Check out the link for some at-home track stand tips.




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