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    My name is Mike, not Cal
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    Riding bike on synthetic track and field track

    Will riding my bike on a synthetic track and field surface hurt my bike/tires?

    This is the stuff I'm talking about:

    tartan track

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    rebmeM roineS JanMM's Avatar
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    Absolutely the worst thing you could do. Actually, putting on a pair of track spikes and running on a concrete highway would be worse.
    Anybody ride on these tracks? Is Tartan/polyurethane slippery?

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    Are you allowed to ride on the track? That would be surprising.

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    Most running track owners/guardians will not allow bicycles on the track for good reason. They can wear/damage the surface which is pricey to refinish.

    Al

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    Sure it'll hurt, when you slide out and fall down.

    Let the runners have their track. If you need a safe loop, use quiet residential streets, or maybe an empty office park after hours.

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    Another vote for keeping your bike off the track. You might not see the damage you're doing to it, but it eventually emerges. I've seen a few that were destroyed by some idiot with roller blades.

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    One of those tracks isn't that great of a place to ride. You mess up the track and you could have easily gotten the same effect riding around the block a couple times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaRow View Post
    One of those tracks isn't that great of a place to ride. You mess up the track and you could have easily gotten the same effect riding around the block a couple times.
    Riding around in 1/4 mile circles. I'd think that would be even more boreing than riding on a resistance trainer.

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    I rode on one briefly, many years ago. It was actually pretty grippy but felt like riding in grass. Not any fun.
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    Way too much rolling resistance. More like rubber on rubber connection. Ride on the road like the rest of us.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    My name is Mike, not Cal
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    I could probably ride (sneak) on the local high school track, but it doesn't sound like such a good idea any more.

    For the record, I fractured my elbow and am looking for somewhere to ride without worrying about braking suddenly, dodging cars, and climbing hills because I only have 1 good arm.

    The path along the SF bay should be fine, though.

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    Same here.All the local towns have signs: NO bikes,strollers,wheeled vehicles.Use the lines on an empty parking lot for some low speed time killing. chris

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