sorry--don't know much about diff track bikes--but if it's track specific then it works. like i said, everyone's totally cool and they can tell you what you need or don't need. even if you end up not liking the track at least you can walk away meeting some interesting people. the guy that engineered and runs the place wears a safari hat everyday so that tells ya somethin!
the first time you ride is free, so they don't charge anything whether you bring your bike or not. to get into the park that is run by the city of rochester hills is a $5 admission fee (or $25 for the year). the velodrome is not run by the city but is located in the park. the park also has mountain bike trails too so you can bring both bikes and spend a saturday in the park or something. FYI: Everyone has to sign a waiver to ride the velodrome.
last year (and the years before) the rates to ride on the track were as follows:
$100 unlimited season riding and racing
$10 per day of riding
Bike rental fee is $10 per day.
***All juniors (18 and under) are free and their bike rental is free.
Hmm...I wonder if I missed anything...
oh--before coming check the weather and make sure it's sunny. it's an outdoor wooden velodrome so if it rains, it's unrideable.
DEFinitely check the website, www.velodromeatbloomerpark.com
for the schedule and mailing list. last year, the times for the new riders were sat morning and thursday evening. you don't want to show up on a friday night unless you are cleared for racing or you are watching the race.
both are lots of fun!
let's put it this way: you can ride on the road for 6 hours or you can spend 2 hours at the track and get the same amount of training. the first time is the hardest because you have to learn to ride a bike all over again. the gear is difficult, you have to keep pedaling, and you have to manuever the bike in a totally unconventional way around a constant turn. but if you have to have a need for speed and power, this is fun. your whole body will be sore. but you'll come back and you'll be a lot more relaxed. and you'll go faster. you're always going to be just as sore. but you'll be faster.
and just in case you don't like riding the track, bring the mountain bike.