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My first track experience(4 posts)

My first track experiencegreendream
Nov 8, 2002 1:08 AM
There's a covered track in my city (www.veldhiv.ch) and i thought it would be a better winter training than the rollers. Yesterday i decided to give it a go and after the first few minutes where i was really scared (45° turns, thinking i would fall in the curves, two persons fell in front of me during my first turn...)i started having lots of fun.
What should i keep in mind if i want to buy a track bike (less than a thousand$$$); How do you size or fit a track bike; what are the "rules" when you train on the track; Other advice you might have are welcomed
Alex
Go fast, turn leftTig
Nov 8, 2002 8:35 AM
45 degrees is steeper than I'm used to. It means you'll have to go faster when up on the banks to keep upright. You shouldn't have a problem as long as you don't go too slow and your tires are in good shape and not over-inflated.

Check to see if they have a new rider class there. It will guide you through the basics and beyond. Plus, those classes are really fun!

Track bikes have higher bottom brackets than road bikes. To achieve the same standover height, the seat tube will be shorter thanks to that higher bottom bracket. A track bike that will fit you will be sized smaller than your road bike.

The KHS Flite 100 costs only $599: http://www.khsbicycles.com/page133.html
Bianchi's Pista is only $549: http://www.bianchiusa.com/site/bikes/19_Pista.html
Check out Harris Cyclery's $599 Fuji bike: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/fixed.html
If you get serious later and don't mind spending more, go for the new Cannondale track bike: http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/03/cusa/model-3PR3K.html

Sweet!
re: My first track experiencebrider
Nov 8, 2002 10:46 AM
The lines on the track--

blue line at mid track is the stayers line. If you're not going for speed (as in between intervals), stay above that line. Many times you'll hear a rider approaching you from behind say "stay" or "stick". That means they're warning you to stay above the line.

red line about 3 feet from the bottom is the sprinters lane line. This is where you'll do ost of your fast riding.

Black line at the bottom of the track is the measurement line. When doing puruits, you'll want to be as close to this line as possible to minimize the distance travelled. Often, there will be sponges inside this line.

Always do a head check to look for traffic before you drop below the stayers line to do an interval.

NEVER get onto the track with a road bike and get mixed in with a bunch of trackies. Your ability to coast and potentially hit the brakes is a SERIOUS hazard. You can use a road bike for some pursuits (it's really the refs call), but they may make you block out your gears (meaning you pick one gear at the start and stay in it throughout the race).

Other than that, there's just some pointers for particular races. Have fun!
Just ordered a track bike!!Mariowannabe
Nov 8, 2002 1:46 PM
I just ordered a Bianci Pista for winter training. I'm going to visit the Trexlertown Velo over Thanksgiving. Thanks for this post. I can't wait!!! I haven't ridden a track bike in 30 years, so it should be a trip!