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    Road conversion to fixed gear on track?

    I converted a 10 speed to a fixed gear awhile ago, and am thinking about going down to Brain Piccolo in a couple of weeks. Would it be smart, or even allowed for a complete track newbie like me to ride a conversion on the track? Should I just rent a track bike there?

    Thanks for any advice .

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    Yes you can..check out Fordfasterrereererererereer's threads on Piccolo(he has since upgraded to a true track bike)

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    Ah thank you. I did see that thread actually, but I thought he said that he rented out a bike instead of riding his conversion. My mistake.

    Can you answer something for me though? I know that the bottom brackets on coversions are usually lower than those that are on a true track frame (at least I think I know heh : /. Is this ture?), so does that not affect the ride when on the track with a conversion. Sorry... it is just something that popped in my head .

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    1)a True track bikes have a higher BB than a standard road bike..

    1)b Several/many of the current 'entry level" "track" bikes have road geometry and thus lower BB's

    2)a If you were riding one of the real banked tracks(typically 250meter and shorter wtih banks up to 45-50 degrees) then you would need the higher BB's. BP Velodrome is not one of those severely banked tracks

    2)b Length of cranks are also important in addition to BB when you are trying to determine if you would have pedal strike.

    3) If you ride your current fixie on the street and can take turns at speed and not have pedal strike, I would not worry about it at Brian Piccolo..


    And most importantly, I have NEVER seen nor ridden on Brian Piccolo, so take all this as IMHO.

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    if you have a road bike, then get 165 mm cranks ...

    when I took my schwinn on the track, I bottomed out, but I had 170 mm cranks... I have since switch to 165 but have not taken (or ever will take) the schwinn back on the track.

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    I also have 27 inch wheels on it.. if you have 600c wheels & 170+ mm cranks then you can easily bottom out...

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    I see. Thanks a lot for all your help .

    I hope I have fun. I'm sure I will though .

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    Ride faster...then you can lean into the banking more and not have to worry about clipping a pedal

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