first velodrom experience
well, I liked the velodrome. It was fun. I could have biked for hours. I went out for a free class day yesterday thanks to a friend who suggested it. A few of us girls went up there and the management was wonderful and mother nature co-op'ed and gave us a not so hot nite with beautiful sunshine. I really liked the story of Tilly Anderson(that can be told at another time if you don't know the story, I didn't until last nite and I love women's sports history).
I can see on the track how you do control a a fixed gear with your feet/pedels which are one. Well I think your feet and pedels are one on or off a track.
I do see other advantages to clipless pedels. I do say they make you go faster, but to me that is not a valid reason for having them. It is almost cheating. It would be like having running shoes that had batteries and ran for you or a soccer ball that would roll itself into the net. (that is just how I see it currently)
What I don't like about it is all the new equipment that would have to be rented or bought. I strongly dislike clipless pedels and toe clips. I feel I can go just as fast as anyone without those. I have been told that the reason you NEED them on the track is to keep balance and to keep your feet from slipping. I don't have issues with my feet slipping. So, what I will do is in a year or so when I have time maybe actually start doing this sport on a regular basis. Maybe. I will get good at it and then someday get to go alone on the track and I will put my old flat pedels on and go by myself and try my theory out. This will be after some practice and people have said they wouldn't trust anyone who is not clipped in, so I will go alone. Or maybe not, maybe you all will convince me, no actually what ever you say I will not listen to. My mind is made up on what I believe. I will have to experience it. You could tell me until you are blue in the face that I am wrong and I will not believe you until I have more experience and try it myself. I am not like this on every issue in life. I have singled out two things I am like this on and one of the things is my absolute hatred of clipless pedels and toe clips to make people go faster. I may go out with my clipless pedels that are still in the box, someday. I may say "hey those people were right, you do need to be clipped in", but you cannot tell me that and have me believe you. It is just one of those things I have to learn on my own. Well, you can keep telling me, but .................
I want to emphasize I didn't have issues getting in and out of the pedels. That is not the problem. I am resistant to extra equipment too. It could be because for years I couldn't afford to even by a nice bike and shops were mean to me, but I biked everyday and would have bought nice things if I could have afforded it. I think we can do with very little to be a cyclist. Ya don't need fancy gears, hubs, clipless pedels, and jersey's + many more items. Those things may make a ride, safier, easier, or more enjoyable and that is great.
And to the guy who wouldn't build me a fix gear last summer because he saw my biking and said I was not suited. I new you were wrong then, but now I have proof. I had previous proof, but I didn't have footage of me on a fixed gear from years past. I know I coast a lot, but if you have a bike that coasts you coast. If you do not have a bike that allows you to coast you don't coast. Well, I could argue that you can coast your feet just keep rolling around. You don't have to pedel hard all of the time.
I would like to thank the nice people in Blaine who seemed to believe we all could learn how to ride on the track. It was super fun too. I would like to go again, but my current commitments to other things have me booked until next spring. So, next year when my list of things to do are a little less I will try it again, maybe even take a class.
I like the front wheel on the bike I used last nite. The pedel control was nice too.
Again, I had a good time and loved it, but it is just too much stuff to buy right now and you have to go to a special place for it. I guess ya do mountain biking too. It is at least outside. I like that. I am not an expert, I am however an expert at being able to ride a bike out of a dumpster and keep that ghetto bike going for a long while.
Have a good day everyone!