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Old 09-13-07, 05:35 PM   #1
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newbie to try track

i'm motivated to try track cycling as a new sport. can someone give me direction on how to get started? i have never ridden a fixed gear... a true neophyte, but i will try to change that fact next week.

I have a rather long-term foot injury (over a year since i first injured it) called "turf toe". how much strain does cycling put on the big toe? i'm a runner, but one foot has been out of service for a year, so i'm in dire need of a new sport!

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stiff shoes mean the toes do very little.

Where do you live? Most tracks are winding up their season for the year so you may have to wait. Your best bet is to take a beginner class(many tracks require one) probably next year.

If you are completely new to road/track biking. Get a road bike and get comfortable on it during the fall. once you are start going on group rides. being comfortable riding in close quarters is kind of a prerequisite. Even if you just end up doing pursuits you'll still warm up and stuff with others.
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yeah depends where you're located. Check the web for the nearest velodrome. If it's an indoor, then you can often take lessons during the cooler months.
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the nearest velodrome is in Blaine, MN. I'm about a 2 hour drive away. It's probably stupid that I'd like to try it even though I can't get to a velodrome, but it's something I aspire to do. I was in Minneapolis this summer, but I didn't have motorized transportation.

I'm trying to find an affordable fixed gear bicycle (~$500) that I can take on the track when I get there. Do you have any suggestions for a beginner bicycle? I keep running into street bikes, but maybe something a little in between that I can feel comfortable taking on the road would be better?

I already ride an old Schwinn traveler that I rebuilt, but it's heavy and there's too much friction in the dérailleur, which I can't fix.
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the nearest velodrome is in Blaine, MN. I'm about a 2 hour drive away. It's probably stupid that I'd like to try it even though I can't get to a velodrome, but it's something I aspire to do. I was in Minneapolis this summer, but I didn't have motorized transportation.

I'm trying to find an affordable fixed gear bicycle (~$500) that I can take on the track when I get there. Do you have any suggestions for a beginner bicycle? I keep running into street bikes, but maybe something a little in between that I can feel comfortable taking on the road would be better?

I already ride an old Schwinn traveler that I rebuilt, but it's heavy and there's too much friction in the dérailleur, which I can't fix.
Get a better road bike instead and use a rental at the track. Riding with roadies will make you a better(and safer) track racer then riding a fixed gear by yourself. Given your trepidation about the drive it will probably be a better bike for you anyway and if you do get into track racing you can get something then. A bike that will be good for road rides will be bad for your track
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good advice. And supposing you still do want a fixed gear, research it some. The Fuji tracks are very affordable, as are the bianchi pistas (especially if you can find a used one). I'm not sure what rentals they have in your area, but these could be the kind of thing you'll find yourself renting anyways. I'm not sure, as I've never rented.
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