Regards the Air Attack Shield - i've increasingly noticed commissaires telling riders to remove the visor before racing (in a mass start). I think it is due to it being held on by magnets rather than fixed on. This isnt a total ban though as on other nights ive still seen riders wearing them, i guess it just depends what official is in charge on the night!
Ambrosio Crono F20 rims good for road TT and track use?
I've done a ton of searching but maybe I can get more of a clear cut answer here. Currently using 44cm bars on the road. My wife bought me some Pro Vibe 7s track bars for my birthday but they're 42cm outside-to-outside. My understanding is I should be looking at 38-40cm bars. This will be my first season on racing so I'll be doing every discipline at the track. What should I shoot for as far as sizing goes?
"I kick my own arse today, so I can kick yours race day." - unknown UK track sprinter
Since you have a nice set of bars, ride them. Your first season there is a lot bigger areas to focus on.
If You Meet The Buddha On The Road, Kill Him
+1 on sticking with what you have. 42cm o-o == 40cm c-c so you are already in the 38-40 cm range and there is a lot more to worry about than a couple of cm either way for bar width.
Riders may carry no object on them or on their bicycles that could fall onto the track. Any electronic device with a display (speedometer, power meter, etc) must be hidden such that the riders cannot read it while riding.
The visor likely is getting caught in the first clause, but then sunglasses, chain ring bolts and riders are all known to fall on the track too.
Birth Certificate, Passport, Marriage License Driver's License and Residency Permit all say I'm a Fred. I guess there's no denying it.
This questions is geared towards people who have ridden or raced at the NSC velodrome since that's where i'm going to be riding, but I guess anyone who has ridden on a Schuermann-designed 250m steep (NSC is 43 degrees I believe?) velodrome can probably weigh in too: What's a good gear range for track newbs on a track with the aforementioned dimensions? I know it's personal preference for the most part but what is a good starting point?
And I guess another quick question that is NSC-specific (queerpunk, maybe you can hep me out with is one) is: What's it like to wipe out there? I've heard a few gnarly tales about people picking splinters out of their skin for a couple months afterwards after eating it at NSC... i'd imagine the surface takes a lot of abuse from the Minnesota winters considering it's an outdoor track which might make it the wood bit more prone to splitting and stuff like that
I don't know what it's like to wipe out there and I hope I don't find out! That said, come find me in the spring and I'll show you a gnarly picture on my phone of Casper's ass with a big-ass splinter through it. Generally, yeah - lots of small splinters. Actually, the surface doesn't take too much abuse - it's afzalia, a super hard wood, very weather-resistant. It's the skeleton that takes the abuse.
Good gear range for newbs. I'd say start with an 88" gear - 49-15. As you advance, you're going to want more options, but I think that's a good all-around gear for Cat 4/5 - and beyond. I used only a 90" gear (50-15) until I got up to Cat 2, and then I needed more options. Now, I'm on 92" for most enduro races, 90" for some long madisons, and 93" and up for short warm-up races and sprint-oriented races.
Yeah, he's disgusting all right.
Cat 2 Track, Cat 3 Road.
"If you’re new enough [to racing] that you would ask such question, then i would hazard a guess that if you just made up a workout that sounded hard to do, and did it, you’d probably get faster." --the tiniest sprinter
Also, on that note, anyone have any experience with reusing masterlinks on track chains and the safety of doing so? I know that some people who utilize deep rear cutouts on their seattube have to take their chains off to remove the rear wheel so i'd imagine it's not a huge deal... or maybe the people i've seen/heard about doing that are anomolies and this usually isn't an issue anyway. I don't have a rear cutout on my frame; mostly just curious about this