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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen
Is this a super crazy idea? If you gave the kid a bike and a few laps, I'm sure he'd be riding just fine. At that point, would he be any less of a road hazard than someone who has been riding for years but never been to a velodrome or ridden a fixed gear?
I'm not sure I trust the average veteran roadie less than someone who has been
on a fixed gear. The latter is just another bike. A roadie who can hold
a line in a crit gets more cred from me than the average kid on a fixed gear.
How much or how little of a hazard this kid will be has everything to do with
what you teach him and how quickly he develops skills. I'm not sure learning in
a velodrome or on a levee road will make much difference. He will still be green
until he logs enough time and miles that he isn't. It seems implicit in this
post that riding a velodrome is harder than riding somewhere else. Sure, riding
on a fixed gear on a velodrome with other skilled riders is hard. Going in circles
and turning left on newbie day doesn't seem hard per se. Some people
are a hazard even having ridden a fixed gear, perhaps because of it. Some aren't.
The rider's intentions and attention are more critical than where he learns to ride.
The throw him in the ocean to make him swim theory seems possibly harmful. It will
probably be easier to teach the kid to ride on a quiet street and then take him to the
drome for a reward once he is relatively safe.