Winter Project - Track bikes - ?s for those with experience

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by QuinnTO

Bought a wheel from that seller last month. Good service and fast shipping. Quality seems good, too, but I haven't gotten to gluing a tyre to it yet.

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mythical wrote:
xnavalav8r wrote:It appears that square-taper bottom brackets are the favored type for track racing. Anyone know why that is?
For a narrower Q-factor? Track bikes also typically feature shorter cranks. Track cycling is a great way to improve power and cadence. When are the bikes finished?

Bad ass looking wheels btw! :thumbup:


I'm out at sea with the Dutch navy until mid-November. I'll build the bikes when I get back........ just in time for mini-me's birthday.

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Trying to decide on cranks. I ride 172.5 on the road. Common sense tells me I'll run a higher cadence on the track so I shorter crank is in order. I was planning on 170 but have had recommendations of 165 and down to 160.

What do you guys think?

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by Juanmoretime

Well I have 175mm on MTB, 172.5mm on road and cross bikes, 170mm on my tt bike and 165mm on my fixie/track bike. The 165's feel right on the fixie and gives you plenty of cornering clearance.
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I'm with you on all counts except the TT bike. I ran a 175 on mine. But, in hindsight, that was probably an error in judgement. I think I'll go with the 165. I'll likely put a 145 on my son's bike. Smaller is a challenge to find and he will outgrow anything I put on before the season is over....

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if your son is u16 check wheels he is allowed to race.

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The only instruction I have found in the Dutch rule book is on gearing. But thanks for the tip. I'm sure it will apply when we get back to the U.S. next year.

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I'll finally return home next week and start the builds. All I need are stems and a crankset for my bike. All other parts are purchased and waiting patiently in the garage. My son's birthday is November 30th so there won't be an offical unveiling before that.

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1 of 2 nearly complete. This is my son's bike. Tires are not centered or glued... just stretching on the rims. Seatpost and bars will change. I have a white aero seatpost and a set of Nitto 36cm track bars on the way. Steerer will be cut once we work out his position. Chain will be something simple... probably an 8spd with hollow plates/pins.

Quality of frame construction is top-notch. This was a leftover frame with some shop wear, but only one scuff I really noticed and even then, you have to look for it. Fork is beautiful.

Parts:
Frame: Pure Team Track Frame (Youth)
Fork: Pure Track Carbon
Headset: BBB Integrated
Btm Bracket: Vintage American Classic Ti
Crank: Speedline Mini SX, 145mm (BMX Crank)
Sprocket: Answer Mini SX, 40t
Saddle: Selle SMP Junior Hell
Wheels: Chinese Carbon Tubualar with Novatec flip-flop hubs and bladed spokes
Cog: Steel 17t
Tires: Vittoria Pista CS
Stem: Bazooka 50mm (may change)
Bars: Nitto B125AA, 36cm (on the way)
Seatpost: Pro Stealth EVO Carbon, white (on the way)
Chain: TBD

His birthday party is in less than 2 weeks, so I have some time to finish it up. The trick is keeping it hidden.

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Cool bike Ted!
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Coming along. It should be ready for a debut at the Sportpaleis in Alkmaar next week. I spent half the morning trying to get a stray spoke nipple out of one of the wheels. Now I can glue on the tires. But I might need a beer first. hahahaha

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Beer is always on the work bench when I am working on the bikes. I can't wait to see how these turn out.
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by Juanmoretime

BmanX wrote:Beer is always on the work bench when I am working on the bikes. I can't wait to see how these turn out.


Same here. Beer is first on the checklist of required material for bike maintenance. Sometimes I may forget the bike. :shock:
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by Frankie - B

Ted, have you ever ridden in Apeldoorn as well? I have seen the track over there, but not ridden on it. I'm planning to go there in about two weeks to see where my track skills are. Riding the track in Alkmaar was great fun!
'Tape was made to wrap your GF's gifts, NOT hold a freakin tire on.'

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Never been to Apeldoorn. My son has been invited to train with a club this winter so I suspect we'll be seeing a variety of tracks in the country. Next time you're in Alkmaar, let us know. I'll buy the post ride beers!

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