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Old 08-15-12, 11:25 PM   #1
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First day at the track

Finally went out and tried the beginner class out at the Alpenrose Velodrome here in Portland, Or. I've never ridden a fixie or on a track so I was a bit "nerved" at first, but all went well. The track is one of the steepest in the nation at 42 or 43 degress. I found myself carrying a lot of speed off the banks and slowing down took a bit of getting used to w/a fixed gear bike, especially at speed Definately try it if you have a track in your area - definately the most fun I've ever had on a bicycle and am definately going back. Kudos to my instructor "Billy" (skinny guy on the pink bike) - blazingly fast w/lots of patience. I can see why I'm a clyde riding next to Billy (sleeveless jersey for me) Here are a few pics.


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Old 08-16-12, 01:52 AM   #2
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Cool, looks like fun. There is a track about 100mi from me. It's on my do list for next year.
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Old 08-16-12, 09:35 AM   #3
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What are you slowing down for? It's a track! That's why track bikes don't have brakes! You're supposed to carry speed off the decline!

I'm jealous. We have a velodrome here, but I haven't gone out there yet since I'm not interested in racing, but riding on a banked track must be fun. Concentrate on spinning, pedal in circles and pretty soon you'll get your max spin speed up and you won't be thinking about "coasting" off the decline. Do any Madison throws?
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I believe that he meant slowing down in general, not coming off the banks. Being without brakes on a fixie, I could see how that would be strange to slow down.
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I watched my son on his training day four years ago, I was planning to go the next weekend. There were two crashes at speed that day, my son escaped both of them but not by much. On one he dove his bike into the infield at full speed, how he managed to stay on his bike is a miracle. I think that had a psycho impact on both of us..we haven't been back. That's the thing about pack riding, it doesn't much matter how skilled you are...if the guy in front of you eats it you get chewed. But that all aside, it is great fun to watch.
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What are you slowing down for? It's a track! That's why track bikes don't have brakes! You're supposed to carry speed off the decline!

I'm jealous. We have a velodrome here, but I haven't gone out there yet since I'm not interested in racing, but riding on a banked track must be fun. Concentrate on spinning, pedal in circles and pretty soon you'll get your max spin speed up and you won't be thinking about "coasting" off the decline. Do any Madison throws?
We had to follow the instructors line as it was our first day - because I was a lot heavier and definately not as smooth, I tended to carry more speed at times which was strange to scrub off when really cranking the pedals. The only thing we worked up to was a close paceline and riding up the track to fall in behind the other riders. I'm definately going back next weds.
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That intrigues the hell out of me. I'd love to run on a track. But I don't even own a fixie. But would love to give it a whirl.

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That intrigues the hell out of me. I'd love to run on a track. But I don't even own a fixie. But would love to give it a whirl.

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I dont own one either Mark. The track rents them - $10 covers bike and instruction. Just need to bring your pedals and helmet.
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Closest one is 240 miles away in Cooper City
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It's a terribly fun and addictive sport. I sat and watched my oldest daughter for half a season and then had to jump in for a go. She's lost interest now, but I'm well and truly hooked. 2 seasons in and about to start my third this summer.
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We have a velodrome 9 miles away at marymoor park....very interesting...
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I live in Central PA. Just found out there is a 'Drome in Trexlertown. About 50 miles from my home. They are shutting down for the season soon. I'll see about going next year. Their training sessions are during the week. So I'll have to take some vacation time. But I still want to give it a try. Need to get off the heart meds too. But next spring that will happen. And some more getting in shape won't hurt either.

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