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Ride a road bike with 25mm or 28mm tires on outdoor running track?

Old 05-05-21, 02:47 PM
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Ride a road bike with 25mm or 28mm tires on outdoor running track?

Has anyone here ridden a road bike with either 25mm or 28mm tires, on an outdoor running track that has the resilient surface? Just wondering if such a track can be used for bicycle riding.

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Old 05-05-21, 02:54 PM
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I never have and probably never would worrying about contributing to the destruction of something that cost tax payers money.
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Old 05-05-21, 03:50 PM
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You could, but as the parent of a high school track athlete, I'd ask you not to. There are millions of miles of roads available to us, tracks are relatively scarce. Leave them to the runners.
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I would like to add, I went to an all boys private high school that was very athletic based and academically challenging. The gyms, stadium, track are paid for by the parents and student fund raisers and donations. Part of graduating from that school was based on how much money your parents would donate or how many fund raisers you participated in throughout the years. Several times a year back in the late 70's we were expected to sell hundreds and hundreds of dollars in fund raisers. As well as paying tuition which is super crazy right now.

I'm guessing if they saw you on their track with a bike, the priests there would shoot you!
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Go to the source, owner/management, and ask them. My guess, the answer is: "No Bikes Allowed."
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
I would like to add, I went to an all boys private high school that was very athletic based and academically challenging. The gyms, stadium, track are paid for by the parents and student fund raisers and donations. Part of graduating from that school was based on how much money your parents would donate or how many fund raisers you participated in throughout the years. Several times a year back in the late 70's we were expected to sell hundreds and hundreds of dollars in fund raisers. As well as paying tuition which is super crazy right now.

I'm guessing if they saw you on their track with a bike, the priests there would shoot you!
Shoot. I donated a couple of hundred dollars to the track at my daughter's high school when she was only in kindergarten. Took that long to fundraise and build.
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Thanks people. I was thinking that perhaps the surface of a resilient running track was too fragile for a bicycle with narrow tires. I used to do laps on an asphalt paved outdoor running track years ago. It was a great place to take a bike for a test ride or to help diagnose certain problems where you could concentrate wholly on the problem and not have to worry about traffic. It was also a great place to teach people bicycle handling courses.

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Originally Posted by Miele Man View Post
Thanks people. I was thinking that perhaps the surface of a resilient running track was too fragile for a bicycle with narrow tires. I used to do laps on an asphalt paved outdoor running track years ago. It was a great place to take a bike for a test ride or to help diagnose certain problems where you could concentrate wholly on the problem and not have to worry about traffic. It was also a great place to teach people bicycle handling courses.

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There is an industrial center about a mile away from me that I use to do slow easy relaxing rides. It's used at a crit course so hey, I figure it's got to be worthy. Maybe look for a local industrial center that isn't that busy. Though I do ride often at night so little to no traffic. Maybe 5 cars on an hour ride.
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If there’s a community college near you, those are good for test & tune rides. Big parking lots, low-speed roadways, and pretty much deserted on weekends.
I took my BRC at one of the TCC campuses, ant the handling course was painted on one of the parking lots; I’d bring my new bikes out there on “off” weekends to do handling drills.
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I can't imagine many things more boring than riding my bike around a running track.
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Large church parking anytime other than Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights are awesome for that purpose. I used to always test newly-built bikes riding laps around the fancy parking lot of the wealthiest Presbyterian church here, and I taught my kids to ride in the parking lot of the "establishment" Baptist church that was at the end of our street.
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Originally Posted by rustystrings61 View Post
Large church parking anytime other than Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights are awesome for that purpose. I used to always test newly-built bikes riding laps around the fancy parking lot of the wealthiest Presbyterian church here, and I taught my kids to ride in the parking lot of the "establishment" Baptist church that was at the end of our street.
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Old 05-08-21, 01:08 AM
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I've done a few laps running around the local junior high school's new track. The synthetic rubber is remarkably rough and hard, not at all what I was expecting. I definitely would not want to fall on that kind of track material -- to the touch it feels like a really hard, rough Scotch-Brite pad for scrubbing pots and pans.

It's a good compromise for both spiked running shoes and all purpose running flats without spikes, such as the adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 6 or earlier versions of the Takumi Sen. Those have hard rubber sorta-spikes for good grip on oval tracks over 800m or longer races. And the grip wasn't bad on my road running shoes, although I'm so slow I'm in no danger of sliding off any track.

I suspect a bike would feel sluggish on that rough synthetic track material compared with smooth asphalt and other pavement. It would probably feel comparable to riding on the least-bad chipseal I've ridden, which is still sluggish compared with good asphalt.

I'd bet the track would wear out the tires quicker rather than vice versa. But falling could damage the track if the pedals, etc, gouged the track surface. Just nicking the track with a pedal strike on a fast turn would probably gouge the track.

Last time I visited that track a young woman was walking her dog on the new track -- clockwise, in the inside lane. For the cyclist, that's the runner's equivalent to encountering salmon ninjas at night. I felt kinda bad for the dog. It probably had sore paw pads after walking laps on that rough surface.

There are some huge parking lots and industrial parks nearby with few or no cars at night and on weekends. If I wanted to ride a solo crit type course, I'd go there.
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What cankle cat mentions just above - rough surface that you would not want to fall on - plus you'll notice you're a lot slower due to the flexible surface of the track interfacing with the flexible surface of your bicycle's tires. These days all the schools that have them lock them up after school is out for the day. The nly way you can access them is to pay a fee to get a 'permit' for use (typical way things are done here in California these days).

Old 'asphalt' tracks. I remember those when I was on the track team at a local community college. They were a rubberized asphalt but still felt as hard as just plain asphalt when you ran on them with spiked track shoes. I'm glad those are obsolete.

I'd rather go back to the dirt, crushed brick, and crushed granite tracks from my high school days. They would be perfect for riding a bicycle, especially if you want to skid in the corners on MTB or BMX-style bicycles.
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