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Protips for a new track racer

Old 11-05-19, 10:42 PM
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This is Awesome!! Even if I`m not racing ( or in the condition to race anytime soon lol) this was good info!
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Old 05-15-20, 07:32 AM
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Yes! This is good!
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Little modification to a chain whip with a neodymium magnet.


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Originally Posted by m@tty
Little modification to a chain whip with a neodymium magnet.

Best cog wrench ever, Runwell, chain whip obsolesce! https://velo-orange.com/collections/...cts/cog-wrench



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Old 08-05-21, 04:34 PM
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This sticky has been an incredible help for this aspiring road-to-track racer.
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Old 09-27-21, 11:55 AM
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Great tips, thanks so much to all contributors!
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Thanks for all the info. Currently i just started and i am running a 47~16 gear ratio. Should i get a 15t cog or get a 48 chqinring first ?
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Get cogs first. They’re cheaper and the steps in gearing are a more meaningful change. A single tooth on a chainring is a difference of only a few rpm at speed and generally you can get multiple cogs for the price of a single chainring.

Don't be afraid to go big either. Unless you’re a genetically gifted spinner, you can literally waste years of development chasing your tail with
earning how to spin at high ~160+rpm
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Originally Posted by brawlo
Get cogs first. They’re cheaper and the steps in gearing are a more meaningful change. A single tooth on a chainring is a difference of only a few rpm at speed and generally you can get multiple cogs for the price of a single chainring.

Don't be afraid to go big either. Unless you’re a genetically gifted spinner, you can literally waste years of development chasing your tail with
earning how to spin at high ~160+rpm

Thanks for the response. I am doing this by myself becauae there is an outdoor velodrome near my house.
​​​usually its empty and i just bike for an hour increasing my effort every 15 mins.
i got some good info from tejano on the forum and am moving to london next week were i can partake in velodrome clasea.
I dont even know how to measure rpm on a bike lol.
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Originally Posted by sebasbike
Thanks for all the info. Currently i just started and i am running a 47~16 gear ratio. Should i get a 15t cog or get a 48 chqinring first ?
if from your other post you are moving to London and going to be using the track there you will want an 84’ gear so buy either a 15 tooth for 47x15 a 50t chainring for 50x16.
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Originally Posted by m@tty
if from your other post you are moving to London and going to be using the track there you will want an 84’ gear so buy either a 15 tooth for 47x15 a 50t chainring for 50x16.
thanks!!! will order one as soon as i get there!
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Attack

Unless your already race fit and skilled can contend for podium

If the pack ever slows down enough for you to get in front go for it. Don't blow up or try to breakaway but take advantage of the fact that you don't have to chase down someone else's effort. Naturally the pack will pass by and you can slot in.
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Originally Posted by Bisexcycle
Unless your already race fit and skilled can contend for podium

If the pack ever slows down enough for you to get in front go for it. Don't blow up or try to breakaway but take advantage of the fact that you don't have to chase down someone else's effort. Naturally the pack will pass by and you can slot in.
I would argue that anyone not strong enough to fight for the win shouldn't be the tip of the spear working harder than everyone else in the race. Maybe sit in and possibly get shuffled back, but you won't expend extra energy at the front of the paceline.
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Hi all, I've been lurking here for a while and while I still haven't raced, I did attend the "try the track" clinic at Northeast Velodrome today and had a blast. More here, and sorry for the left side shot of my bike. Sugino road cranks and ring.

Racing today was an Omnium format which felt a little overwhelming as a first experience for me. I'm nearly 56 and have no racing experience at all. In the event, the other three newbies did compete and were able to do their own thing as it's a big track and the B level field got long and thin quickly. The youngest noob actually won a race by probably a quarter lap.

Hoping to be back for sprint night on Thursday, job permitting. Anyway, thanks, this thread has been invaluable for putting the bike together over the winter. The frame is from a 2005 Van Dessel triathlon/TT bike that for some reason has track ends, built up with mostly vintage parts from ads here, Craigslist, Facebook, ebay... Pinched pennies everywhere I could but still came to almost $600 with all the shipping. Fun though. One of the grizzled NEV regulars on a Tiemeyer pronounced it cool, that felt pretty good.
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Originally Posted by EVlove
Hi all, I've been lurking here for a while and while I still haven't raced, I did attend the "try the track" clinic at Northeast Velodrome today and had a blast. More here, and sorry for the left side shot of my bike. Sugino road cranks and ring.

Racing today was an Omnium format which felt a little overwhelming as a first experience for me. I'm nearly 56 and have no racing experience at all. In the event, the other three newbies did compete and were able to do their own thing as it's a big track and the B level field got long and thin quickly. The youngest noob actually won a race by probably a quarter lap.

Hoping to be back for sprint night on Thursday, job permitting. Anyway, thanks, this thread has been invaluable for putting the bike together over the winter. The frame is from a 2005 Van Dessel triathlon/TT bike that for some reason has track ends, built up with mostly vintage parts from ads here, Craigslist, Facebook, ebay... Pinched pennies everywhere I could but still came to almost $600 with all the shipping. Fun though. One of the grizzled NEV regulars on a Tiemeyer pronounced it cool, that felt pretty good.
Hopefully you see this. It's Aki from the track. Nice to see you were here. As you can see I was on here a lot before.
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