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    completely different kind of cross training and a new bike

    I live in Oklahoma city, -- 180 miles from the Superdrome , more like 400 from alkek and 600 from COS --- bottom line - with my sched-- i cant get to the track a lot

    Enter my new winter "training" endeavor

    I picked up a 26" wheeled BMX cruiser and proceeded to hit the local track -----

    laps take about 45 seconds , - the big 26" wheels means i can roll the bmx jumps without having to take too many chances --- and i strapped on my Garmin just like any other workout to track my max speed and heart rate among other things ---

    Each lap , my heart rate was flat out pinned at the end --- i rode 6 laps my first day and was completely gassed ---

    A great way to get in an alternative workout and have some fun with my 11 year old nephew at the same time

    I swapped the flat pedals out for some SPD's with a flat portion and just used my mountain bike shoes -- the prospect of slipping a pedal and bashing my shin terrifies me and installed a bit sleeker seat ( a seldom used butt wedge SLR seat ) - and otherwise hit the track with the bike off the shelf

    Remember when they had tryouts for a lot of the bmx pro's about a decade or so ago trying to coax them into track cycling? I think Wade Bootes made a go of it for Team AUS in a few events , and Brian Lopes went to a track event , but i forget his role




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    Nice! I've always wanted to try BMX racing. I was big into BMX street and park when I was a kid until I was about 30, then I let it go. Falling on a quarter pipe hurts and you don't heal so fast after 30

    I'm sure it's a blast. I've heard a few stories about dads getting into BMX when their kids do it. It's a really big scene that pays more than track racing, too (which is why we can't get BMXers to switch to track...they make BANK!)

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    24" wheels? looks too small to be 26.
    Taras - :noun. 1. Typically an overweight has-been that can sometimes be seen pootling around a velodrome on an old Look KG 233.

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    Nice! Still have my early 80's Malvern Star Supermax in my mums garage. I rode this bike into the ground in my teenage years from which I still wear some scars... Recently mentioned to my wife I might get around to finally restoring it!

    Looked very similar to this one picked though I did upgrade my saddle to a matching blue plastic Kashimax saddle.



    Have also considered racing BMX which I never did in my youth, but as I aready race track, road, TT's and CX, adding another form of bike racing will be near impossible!
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    Quote Originally Posted by taras0000 View Post
    24" wheels? looks too small to be 26.

    ITs a real compact frame -- 22" top tube , but definitely 26" wheels -- Feels odd at first , but its just a straight up out of the saddle 45 second sprint -- I had to extend the post so i could get a breather in the corners (yep , wuss ) , but so far so good --- being an over-40 age group rider, i take safety seriously, so i dont hit the track without full gloves, a helmet and some sturdy pants - which is a far cry from the 15 year old kids out there triple jumping stuff with no helmet and just a t-shirt on , but they will learn when they get my age

    As far as the velodrome training tie in , --- check out the berms in the background - asphalt coated
    i'm not serious about this being legitimate track training - but my left knee is seemingly destroyed from many injuries and my right one is not that great , --- anything i can do to condition myself to out of the saddle work helps, as well, i can't deny the results when i upload the heart rate monitor results -- just a nice stout interval session ---

    I can't say its fun though --- there are a lot of technical aspects to negotiating a track like that at 20 mph that i just dont have (hence the helmet -- but i havent taken a digger yet thankfully )

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