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track bike fit?cmgauch
Aug 4, 2003 11:39 AM
Are there any special sizing considerations for a track bike? I ride a 56cm in a road bike.

TIA
Depends . . .micha
Aug 4, 2003 6:23 PM
Track riders sacrifice comfort for aerodynamics and high-speed spinning ability because their events are mercifully short (although they seem to last an eternity). This means bar much lower than seat, with the seat a bit more forward compared to your road bike. So if you plan to do track events, you could get away with a 2-3 cm smaller track frame than the your road bike frame.

However, if you use the track bike on the road and for longer rides, try to match your track bike size and setup as closely as possible to your road bike size and setup. One caveat: most track bikes have a very high bottom bracket, so matching seat tube dimensions with your road bike may not translate into identical stand-over height. A large stand-over height makes climbing on the track bike when riding rollers difficult. Once you're on it, it doesn't matter of course.
Depends . . .cmgauch
Aug 5, 2003 5:03 AM
Thanks for the great explanation - makes perfect sense. I don't plan on doing any track events, just some commuting & mental health rides.
what about top tube lengths coupled with ST angles? (NM)buffalosorrow
Aug 5, 2003 11:04 AM