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best parts for a track bike(6 posts)

best parts for a track bikekneebreaker
Aug 23, 2003 7:03 PM
what is the best cog. 14, 15, or 16 tooth cog.

what is the best handlebar

what is the benifit of using carbon fork on a track bike.

this should be a good thread
re: best parts for a track bikekneebreaker
Aug 24, 2003 12:38 PM
reason for me asking. i am a newbie. i will be taking my first lessons in september at the velodome. i want to be more prepared.

are standard flat pedals allowed? i realy do not like cleats or cages.

thanks everyone.
partsDougSloan
Aug 24, 2003 3:14 PM
The cog sizes will depend solely upon you and where you ride. Of course, the chainring size is critical to know. Ride a multispeed bike and note what gear you need to get up your steepest hill where you ride. Then, install gears on the fixie in about the same ratio.

Just get a good, strong handlebar, as you'll be yanking pretty hard on it for some climbs. Grooves are unnecessary.

The fork issue is about the same for a regular bike, if you ask me.

I'd use clipless pedals. When you can't coast and you find yourself spinning about 150 rpms down a hill, you don't want your feet coming off. They help with hard climbing, too. Straps will work, but not as well.

Doug
partskneebreaker
Aug 24, 2003 8:52 PM
thanks soug. but i will mostly use the bike in the track not the streets.
go clipless...cmgauch
Aug 25, 2003 7:51 AM
...especially with a FG, you need all of the pedal contact you can get.

My 1st 3 FG rides were cages/straps. I pulled the Time's off my CX bike for my 4th ride and was LOVING life. There simply is no other way. I can brake way better as well. I may even try the road pedals as I get more confident.
let me seekneebreaker
Aug 25, 2003 7:23 PM
thanks. i will let you know what happens.

i heard the velodrome in san diego has some srick rules.