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Track STuff...(5 posts)

Track STuff...sctri
Sep 1, 2002 4:38 PM

Our local Velodrome(sp?) is opening its doors again and I think as a fun winter challenge and as a means to improve my road handling and fitness,---> I should give this a shot

SO, good idea or not, I am interested in what i need....
I have the obviouse, helmet shoes etc etc...

What is the bare minimum when it comes to the bike?
What are the essentials? Can i convert a bike if it has horizontal drops? or do i need track geomatry?

Any suggestions of sites that could give me some rough proce type quotes?


re: Track STuff...Dave Hickey
Sep 1, 2002 5:34 PM
You need:
1: No brakes
2: Fixed gear

That's about it. Take an old Horizontal drop out frame and convert it to a fixed gear and you're good to go.
Are you in Vancouver?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Sep 1, 2002 7:04 PM
Where are you from? I know the Burnaby track is opening up again...

But great idea. The track is a great way to get in better shape and fine tune racing tactics.

In terms of what you need the bare minimum for a frame is one with horizontal drop outs. So if you got that your set. The geometry doesn't become a huge factor until you really start racing.

For rough price quotes let me know where your from and I'll be able to give you some.

Good Guess!sctri
Sep 2, 2002 2:53 PM
Yes, I am in Vancouver (N.Van and/or UBC to be exact) and I was really excited upon hearing about Burnaby reopening

Any more info would be great


Sep 2, 2002 4:35 PM
I'm excited about the track opening up too. I'm in Calgary so you'll probly see me out there this winter training!

But anyway I can help you out quite a bit since I have a pretty good idea of who you should deal with out there. The place to go for track stuff without a doubt is Il Campione. No other bike shop that I know of in Calgary does as much as they do in terms of track and in Vancouver they have their head store.

So my first question is doesn't Burnaby have rental bikes? If they do I recommend just using these until your hooked on the track and from there you can look into buying a top of the line bike from Il Campione costs around $3000 with full Dura-ace (theres only top of the line and lower end stuff when it comes to track). Theres some other brands that make cranks and stuff but I can't remember their names.

My second question is what kind of frame do you have? If your frame will work this will cut at least $1000 off the components.

As for clothes I'd like to warn you indoors or not it does get very cool in there so wear long sleeved shorts and pants.

If you got anymore questions feel free to give me a should at