Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area - making a track bike more fixed-like?
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08-25-04, 01:00 PM
are there some simple ways to make a track bike a little bit more road savy?
Add a cyclocross lever and front bake if it'll take it; wider tires if it'll take them; wider bars if it is presently equipped with 39's...or bullhorns if you prefer. You can't do much about handling/geometry, but nimble/quicker steering bikes are more fun anyway.
08-26-04, 11:55 AM
you might try installing a road fork, one with more rake. that might play with the geometry some. but i agree with dabern, track bike geometry is more fun.
09-14-04, 12:36 PM
put on WIDER bars? streetriding needs squeez-thru-the-gap bars, nimbler too
for racing, wider bars would open yer lungs up more, so id guess you want wide bars for the track...am i wrong?
09-15-04, 02:56 PM
wider bars are less aero, so you wouldn't want them for the track. for the street, though, wider bars are more comfy, becuase they open your chest up. I think it all depends on what you consider "the street"
09-27-04, 09:10 PM
Your bars should fit your body, on the street or the track. On the track wider bars are more stable, help you breathe better, and make better use of your upper body strength(which you need in any sprint events). On the street you're generally better off not blazing through spaces between cars where you'd have to worry about a few extra centimeters on either side.
10-11-04, 05:03 PM
wrap the down and top tubes with electrical or cloth tape to prevent scratches when locking up. Bullhorns help a LOT with climbing. Also, drop the gearing down to the high 60's, low 70's.
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