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

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LeePaton
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by LeePaton

Leave him on the legal ones, soon he'll be able to catch them by spinning like mad then just think of the results when he gets a big ol' gear!

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xnavalav8r
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by xnavalav8r

vdrey wrote:Since you have a flip flop hub, you could have a junior legal cog on one side and a larger one on the other.

Or, you could get a cheap rear wheel that has bigger gears for training and keep Jr. Legal gears on the nice deep wheel.

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That's brilliant! And I am an idiot for not thinking of it. hahahaha

xnavalav8r
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by xnavalav8r

Built up my bike today. Discovered my aero seatpost was too long. (Humbug!) So assembled it with a generic alloy seatpost. Still need to throw on a chain and some pedals. But I should be able to take it for a first ride tomorrow night.

My only complaint... the fork has a matte finish and I was expecting gloss. I didn't notice in the photo when I purchased it and only unwrapped the fork today. Oh well, no biggie. Photos to follow.

xnavalav8r
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by xnavalav8r

Any recommendations on gearing for my bike? The cranks came with a 48t chainring. Right now I have a 14t cog on the back. I honestly have no idea what is appropriate for me on a velodrome, but the 48 seems pretty small. Suggestions?

vdrey
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by vdrey

xnavalav8r wrote:Any recommendations on gearing for my bike? The cranks came with a 48t chainring. Right now I have a 14t cog on the back. I honestly have no idea what is appropriate for me on a velodrome, but the 48 seems pretty small. Suggestions?


You should probably buy a couple of cheap cogs and chainrings and try different combinations until you find the best one.

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manne
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by manne

Dude that is one cool kids bike.

xnavalav8r
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by xnavalav8r

We have a lot of fun with my son's bikes. He loves to ride and race. As long as he is into it, I will support him as best I can. It's a hell of a lot better than video games. And I have a lot of fun with the builds... and riding with him.

Geoff
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by Geoff

My track kit has 8 rings in it for different events and conditions. It is a pain to constantly change them, but that is the curse of the fixed-gear. Cool bike. I wish we had an indoor track.

JamieL
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by JamieL

48 X 14 is sort of the go-to set-up for endurance events on the track. I know a GB masters rider who is happy winding it up to 170rpm with that gear...
Cruising around on the track at 40kph is 90rpm so it sort of makes sense if you can spin your legs.

xnavalav8r
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by xnavalav8r

A few more photos. My bike is complete but with a temporary seatpost (no chain in the pics).

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Lucas1234
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by Lucas1234

On the gearing topic, there are only two ways to go faster on a bicycle. Larger gear or more leg speed. Since he is restricted he should not be in a gear larger than what is legal to race on in fact for training he should be on an even smaller gear than he races on so he can raise his cadence, become smoother, and feel the woosh effect in a race.

You may say that he is already undergeared an that other parents let their children train on huge gears but those kids won't be so far ahead in a race because they won't have trained on that gear. I myself a junior rider train on a 48 by 16 and have been on the derny at over 40mph with this combo.

LeePaton
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by LeePaton

What he said ^

I know of a young man who was in the scratch group of chainganging on youth gearing... I'm fearful of him getting into the real gears. Stick with whats legal it will work out a lot better in the long run.

xnavalav8r
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by xnavalav8r

That's the path we're following. The coaches are a bit frustrated at the lack of compliance by parents regarding junior gearing. But (and I think this is a cultural thing) the coaches don't want to enforce the restriction outside of training and tell the parents the kids need to be on restricted gears.

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Lucas1234
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by Lucas1234

Also on a gearing note I would recommend a 48 16 for winter training for your bike as well. My coach who was on Australia's national team said this is the gear they did all their winter training on. I most of all would recommend purchasing a track flap,ie a bag filled with chainrings and sprockets. This is most optimal since depending on the track, event, discipline or exercise. You can change the gear.

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