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'Track' bikes(10 posts)

'Track' bikeshammer_cycle
Sep 16, 2003 4:04 PM
I'm thinking about getting a track bike. Do they really have such a great benefit as everyone claims?

Anyone know of any very inexpensive track bikes that can be bought?

Thanks!
Go over to the Fixie board...Lone Gunman
Sep 16, 2003 4:15 PM
Actually, no need to buy a track bike, could build up an old frame to a single speed or fixed gear. It is definitely a different dimension to cycling. But if you must buy, KHS sells a relatively inexpensive trackie. Benefits are smoother spin and leg and cardio strength. You have no choice but to push the gear you have up hills.
DOH, I've been scooped! -nmTig
Sep 16, 2003 4:18 PM
Maybe the Fixed Gear forum can help moreTig
Sep 16, 2003 4:17 PM
http://forums.consumerreview.com/crforum?14@56.vIDBaqSqnfh^38826@.efbc183
Here's about 400 ideasSpoiler
Sep 16, 2003 4:30 PM
http://www.fixedgeargallery.com
short answer...Steve_0
Sep 17, 2003 4:07 AM
yes and no.

a FG can provide a lot of training benefit, as it forces one to push (relatively) bigger gears in wind and climbing, and (relatively) lower gears when flying.

HOWEVER, a disciplined rider who doesnt shift, or a lesser disciplined rider who limits his derailleurs will benefit in exactly the same way, without shelling green for yet another machine
Stop it...LactateIntolerant
Sep 17, 2003 4:52 AM
...now you're starting to sound like my wife...don't need another bike, geez...next you'll be saying I don't need 10 speeds, 9 works fine.
sorry...Steve_0
Sep 17, 2003 10:10 AM
(as a guy with a single bike and a single gear, I guess I shouldve been more sympathetic to the justificatory needs of the gearheads).
No harm, no foul...LactateIntolerant
Sep 17, 2003 11:19 AM
...but I can't let my wife hear talk like that.
Go for it!cmgauch
Sep 17, 2003 5:14 AM
I've only been on my geared bike once since getting a FG. It will make you feel like a kid again.

I think it makes you spin better and riding brakeless will force you to work negative reps on those leg muscles. Bike handling skills will benefit as well since you have no choice but to hold your line. You'll also be more aware of how key your upper body is to climbing.

When you go on a ride w/intermediate climbs w/your buds you will drop them cold, not because you want to, because you have to. Take the geared bike for those rides w/climbs you have to grind out.

Fuji & KHS have track bikes for around $600 I think. Specialized is also supposed to have some in their '04 lineup.