Cat 2 Track, Cat 3 Road.
"If you’re new enough [to racing] that you would ask such question, then i would hazard a guess that if you just made up a workout that sounded hard to do, and did it, you’d probably get faster." --the tiniest sprinter
Just got back from LBS with Shimano R550 pedals and inexpensive Bontrager shoes. Thanks for the advise guys! I paid a little more than amazon prices, but good for LBS I suppose.
My local track is 450 metres and outdoor. I've never seen anyone take a lap in any sort of race, though I've only been going about a year. Do people actually take laps on tracks that size? It seems to take a big effort on a 250m track, so 450 seems a big ask. Cheers
The only way I can see that happening is if there is a rider who is beyond head-and-shoulders above the field (think Taylor Phinney dropping in on a local CAT3 points race).
But, I guess anything is possible. I almost lapped the field during a 5 lap scratch once on a 327M track. I got cursed out by a guy who thought it was unsportsmanlike. The race director laughed
This seems to take out an entire element of tactics - attacking, even with some other riders, requires considerably more effort until the end of the race. A sprint at the end seems the likely conclusion of any scratch and points races miss that entire opportunity. Am I missing something?
40mm or 30mm? I know what you guys are thinking so I'll share a story to help explain why I need help.
Years ago when Starbucks started making their big push in NYC I visited one while my wife went shopping.
I'm a pretty plain guy and like my life if possible as simple as possible.
I walk in to the Starbucks and take a look at the the menu board and after a few moments I notice that nothing has the word "coffee" in it.
Suddendly I begin to sweat like a child loss in a big department store and unable to ask for help.
So with that I did the manly thing. I turned around and sulked out the door back to my wife.
Wifey asked "How was the coffee"? I simply said..."The line was too long".
So 30mm or 40mm?
Not The Slowest, Never The Fastest, even Solo
http://www.bikerumor.com/2011/05/19/...a-ltd-edition/Specialized’s Nic Sims said the wider design saves weight because you’re not using as long of a piece of tape and it provides better coverage that’s easier to wrap.
Hell, I didn't even know it came in 2 different widths. It doesn't matter.
Track fork question. Looking into purchasing a new track fork. The current fork I presently have is the Edge/Enve carbon fork. I've been using it for nearly 4+ years. I absolutely like the fork. The reason why I was looking into purchasing a new fork is that I really feel the need to have one or two centimeters longer on the steerer tube for the purpose of raising my position. It appears that the Edge fork is no longer in production. I wanted to inquire about the Alpina carbon fork, Alpina Wing carbon fork, and the Warp 9. My concern with the Warp 9 is the 38mm offset. I think the other forks are 30mm, similar to the one I presently have. Would the Alpina forks be an adequate substitution? BTW, the frame is a Tiemeyer.
That said, 400s tend to turn into more speedways where a group might get together and work well. More common however is that a group will get a large enough lead and then hold on to it in such a way that the race ends with various "team pursuits" going on.
I've never seen it done solo, even with riders that were obviously on another level. Your mileage may vary.
At least here at our track, we see more points races than scratch races, and I'd think this has something to do with it. Frequently the pack will be riding at high speed at least 2-wide, you'll never see that on a short track, the distance around is much longer.
On longer tracks, a sprint will tend to develop more quickly as sprinters can come around more quickly.
Admittedly, I've never gone into a race on a 400m track with my intended strategy being to "go lap the field", but there have been plenty of races where my strategy was to attack by myself or with 2-3 others, get 200m, and then TTT in to the end.
The upshot is that attacks either happen closer to the end of the race, or the people attacking know they have to be able to hold on for a while at 30mph, vs lapping and sitting-in.
I just ordered one yesterday for my new frame that is being made: http://www.retro-gression.com/produc...f04-track-fork
I believe that Retrogression is the only US importer of Alpina forks ever since DPM Sports started closing its operations.
How do you feel about Mack hubs?
I'm building a new wheelset for what is now going to be a dedicated track bike, and I was looking to get some really nice stuff for it.
That being said, maybe some pointers on rims would be appreciated as well. I weigh about 180lbs, I don't really specialize in any events yet, and I ride at Penrose (****ty ****ty surface).
Thanks for the help last week. I had a successful, fun first day out at the track!
I couldn't imagine riding the track in just toe clips, so I'm really glad I got clipless pedals. I did terrible in the little scratch races at the end but I will improve my lung capacity and my riding!
On to the question... I have my bike geared 46/14. I didn't feel like I couldn't get going, I felt more like I was unstable at higher RPM. I guess that'll come with practice, but everyone else out there left my legs looking like toothpicks and they looked to be turning really fast RPM. Should gear for higher rpm as a beginner?