|track bike sizing||el_pato|
Mar 20, 2003 8:20 AM
|I'm thinking of ordering a Pista next month with plans on starting track racing this summer, are there any special sizing considerations for a track bike or when I order it can I just spec it to the same sizes (frame, stem, crank, etc) as my road racing bike and be fine?|
|about the same||DougSloan|
Mar 20, 2003 9:59 AM
|I use the same size. It will probably have shorter cranks, though.
|Bottom bracket height||Dave Hickey|
Mar 20, 2003 11:34 AM
|The BB height is usually higher on track bikes. This might give you a higher standover height. Check the specs of the frame your looking for.|
|Sorry Doug. I meant to reply to original post nm||Dave Hickey|
Mar 20, 2003 11:36 AM
|With regards to standover....||SS_MB-7|
Mar 20, 2003 1:32 PM
|With regards to standover on the Pista, add 0.5-0.75" to those printed from Bianchi. Trust me, I almost found out the hard-way.
|Yeah, typically fairly short cranks ...||Humma Hah|
Mar 20, 2003 10:30 AM
|... either 165 or 170mm, due to the tendency to clip the track surface on those high banked turns while pacing around at 8 mph. If you're not actually going to ride on a velodrome, its not an issue. Also, clipless pedals may clear the track slightly better than flats with toeclips.
For actual track racing, the emphasis on top tube length and handlebar/stem fit may be a little more critical than for general road use, but would be similar to TT bike needs.
|Also for toe overlap at low speed. nm||dzrider|
Mar 20, 2003 12:06 PM
|I'm tempted to say one size up.||Alex-in-Evanston|
Mar 20, 2003 1:17 PM
|I bought my track bike based on the dimensions of my road bike. I didn't consider the time I would spend in the drops on the track bike (100%) vs. the time spent in the drops on the road bike (10%). I had to install a nice dorky high rise stem to get comfy.
Just something to consider.
|same facts, different conclusion||DougSloan|
Mar 20, 2003 2:50 PM
|I, too, spend all my time in the drops. However, on a fixed gear, you hit a strong headwind and you can't gear down, so you need to be low to be a little more aero and save your legs a bit; plus, I think most people do shorter rides on the fixies than they do on their geared bikes, so a lower position is more tolerable.
Actually, I'm looking for a drop stem.