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track gear. (cranks)hayaku
Aug 10, 2003 9:13 PM
Can I use a standard shimano road crank on a track bike? Are there any points to be aware of? Chain width, line etc?
re: track gear. (cranks)tamjam
Aug 11, 2003 6:00 AM
I'm using 170mm Suntour road cranks on mine and they work fine. You should be able to dial in your chainline by fiddling with different size bottom brackets. Just watch the crank length, as the 'standard', or common, road size tends to be longer than the 'standard' fixed/track.
re: track gear. (cranks)brider
Aug 15, 2003 1:04 PM
Most track cranks are 165s, but I ride 170 Campy Record track cranks on my track/FG/SS rig (custom TiCycles track Softride). You do give up some clearance, but if you're using this for road riding, it won't be an issue -- track bikes have higher BBs to begin with. Unless you're riding Alpenrose, you shouldn't have any concerns.

As for chainline, you can either experiment with BB widths or mess around with the rear hub spacers.

Road chainrings are standard 3/32 (though are going narrower with the (to me) way overboard expansion of rear cogs. Track standard is 1/8. You can get 3/32 cogs, but they'll wear faster. I'd just stay with the 1/8 chain, get a track chainring, and the thicker cog.