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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 09-04-05, 10:56 AM   #1
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Noob question: Fixed vs. Track

So I'm a little confused about this...

Is this right:
All track bikes are fixed gear.
Not all fixed gear bikes are track bikes.

If you add a brake to a track bike is it still a track bike or is it only a fixed gear bike?
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Old 09-04-05, 11:02 AM   #2
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Not all fixed gear bikes are track bikes.
True - you get an A.
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Old 09-04-05, 11:17 AM   #3
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So I'm a little confused about this...

Is this right:
All track bikes are fixed gear.
Not all fixed gear bikes are track bikes.

If you add a brake to a track bike is it still a track bike or is it only a fixed gear bike?

Its a track bike...with a brake. What makes a bike a track bike is its geometery.
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Old 09-04-05, 11:20 AM   #4
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The deffinitions are sort of loose. A track bike with a brake could still be a track bike, but it wouldn't be legal to race it on any track.

Fixed gear = the kind of drive train.
Track bike = IMHO referes mostly to the frame and geometry, and what you use it for.

Why do you need to catagorize these things though?
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Interestingly, though, the track bikes of yesteryear often featured less aggressive geometry than what would be typical for a road bike today, so it confuses things somewhat. Making it even more confusing, there is more variation within the track discipline (ie, a six day versus pursuit bike) than there is between track and road.

Basically, a fixed gear bike is the superset. A track bike is a bike designed for racing at a velodrome. There are some generally accepted rules for how to design a track bike today.
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Yes

Set theory and definitions

We're on our way to a more 'logical' bike forums.

The thought has priority over the ride.
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