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Xian

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Track advice?
« on: May 07, 2011, 10:25:42 PM »
There is a velodome half way between my work and my home.
So I am kickin 'round the idea of trying some track racing.

Anyone have advice on this?
Looks like the old guy class is run as tempo race... Not that I know what that means.

I do have a track bike that I use to run to the gym on.
Is gearing important?
Fixed?
Brakes?
Pedals?
Really, any info would be helpful!

-X

shovelhd

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Re: Track advice?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2011, 08:42:34 AM »
There is a velodome half way between my work and my home.
So I am kickin 'round the idea of trying some track racing.

Anyone have advice on this?
Looks like the old guy class is run as tempo race... Not that I know what that means.

I do have a track bike that I use to run to the gym on.
Is gearing important?
Fixed?
Brakes?
Pedals?
Really, any info would be helpful!

-X

I had a track bike back in the day but I never raced it as I broke my collarbone riding it on the street. I used it for early season training to get the spin up.

Gearing is very important in track racing. So is crankarm length. You will want to have a choice of cogs and maybe chainrings. Does the track near you have rental bikes? I would try one of those first, figure out what you like and don't like about it, then make the changes to your bike.

I've never seen a single speed raced on a track but I'm no authority. It was always fixed.

Brakes were not allowed, but I don't know if they still are. The rulebook would be the authority on that.

Pedals, I was in the day of clips and straps so I used Record track pedals. These days I bet you'll see anything and everything. I wouldn't worry about it. Run what you brung.

Good luck.

urbanknight

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Re: Track advice?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2011, 01:00:22 PM »
Contact the velodrome to see if they have classes. Most do.

Fixed gear only
No brakes allowed
Road clipless or cages with straps that you can tighten securely will work

Gearing is something you have to experiment with. I'd start with a gear you can comfortably hold about 22-25 mph on and see how it feels from there. When I raced, I had an assortment of 2 cogs and 5 or 6 chainrings in my gear bad. 14 and 15, and 44- 45-46-48-49-50 if I recall

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Re: Track advice?
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2011, 12:01:22 PM »
Raced last night at the track you were referring to, Xian.  Monday nights are open to all comers, geared or not.  No race on the 4th next week but every Monday after that is on.  Weather permitting since it is an outdoor track.