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track bike sizingel_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 sameDougSloan
Mar 20, 2003 9:59 AM
I use the same size. It will probably have shorter cranks, though.

Bottom bracket heightDave 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 nmDave 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.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
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. nmdzrider
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 conclusionDougSloan
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.