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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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    Quote Originally Posted by drezdn
    Not all fixed gear bikes are track bikes.
    True - you get an A.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drezdn
    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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    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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    The water has no mind to receive their image.
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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.

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