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Old 02-20-08, 08:46 PM   #1
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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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Old 02-20-08, 09:03 PM   #2
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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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Old 02-21-08, 09:18 AM   #3
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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.

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Old 02-21-08, 02:54 PM   #5
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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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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.
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Old 02-22-08, 03:23 PM   #11
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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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