Why no geared bikes on the track?

Discussion in 'Track Racing' started by DancenMacabre, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. JoelTGM

    JoelTGM New Member

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    Having no brakes is the main thing. It's for safety because everyone is going at very high speeds, and extremely close to one another, so of course with brakes you could stop a bike way faster than the reaction time of the rider behind you and that would cause a crash. And if you took the brakes off your geared bike, well now you have no way of slowing down because you will just coast uncontrollably, whereas on a fixed gear you can resist the spin of the cranks to slow it down, and yes it takes a while to fully slow down but same for everyone else, so when the rider infront slows, you slow. The key is that the rider infront can never stop suddenly. And yes when you are out on your road bike riding super close in groups you all have brakes, but out on the road it is safer with brakes, and you are generally going way slower than in the velodrome. In the velodrome it is safer without brakes because there are no obstacles or any reason to stop for something; the only time you need to stop is when you are finished riding, so it is safer for riders to just roll around the track slowing down until they leave the track and come to a complete stop.
     


  2. ankit1

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    Hi Dancenacabre, Brakes or no? It's a deeply personal preference. There are many fixed-gear riders who ride with front and rear brakes, or just the front brake. Entry-level track bikes and off-the-shelf street fixes usually come with brakes, or at least brake holes in the front fork.
     
  3. swampy1970

    swampy1970 Well-Known Member

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    There are no gears on a track bike because trackies spend too much time anerobic and all that lactic acid has disolved their brains. Gears? Change? Does not compute... Must pedal faster, Igor...

    If there were no brakes on a track bike for safety reasons (because people are so close together) - why don't the do that for road races since fields are typically many times bigger, often ride as closely and with a bit of a tail wind or a slight down hill they tend to go faster too - for an extended period of time. That said, looking at the increase in the number of crashes in the Tour these days, maybe they just need slower bikes and padded suits...

    How many more "answers that are not really answers" can we post? :p
     
  4. keyon

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    he purpose built track has been engineered in Germany by Velotrack, the team that built the velodromes for the Atlanta Olympics and the Delhi Commonwealth Games. The Red Bull Mini Drome track will maintain race-worthy
     
  5. keyon

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    If there were no brakes on a track bike for safety reasons (because people are so close together) - why don't the do that for road races since fields are typically many times bigger, often ride as closely
     
  6. keyon

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  7. kana_marie

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    I would definitely enjoy the extra control of the bike, but that would wear me out SOmquick. I wouldn't it half a mile! I definitely give those riders their props
     
  8. kylerlittle

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    I think it's because it could be a safety issue. It might cause damage, or cause a really bad accident perhaps due to the structure.
     
  9. BikeBikeBikeBike

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    Wait I am confused. A poster above said they do have gearing but it's just one gear. That doesn't make much sense, typically when talking to other riders if you say your bike ia geared that means it has more than one. If you say singlespeed or fixed gear then it has a single gear. If I show up at the park with my singlespeed bike and tell people hey I have gearing but just one! They will prob think I am being a goof on purpose. I want to start track riding and I want to make sure I have the lingo down so I can fit in. Can someone please clarify?
     
  10. Jcycle

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    The added mechanical parts and the risk of things coming off or breaking at high speeds around other people. In other words safety. It also levels the playing field a bit.
     
  11. kylerlittle

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    I think it has a bit of risk to mess up completely and it can put you at risk so it would make sense.
     
  12. Corzhens

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    When I was young and I was already biking, I noticed the bike of the newsboy one afternoon when he was collecting the weekly payment for his newspaper delivery. I borrowed his bike for spin but he said it has no brakes. And then I got to try it and I was really surprised because the pedals seem to be directly connected to the wheels. When the wheel is moving, the pedals move with it. It's only now that I know the reason for that... no brakes.
     
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    Why do you feel easy? What's the main reason?
     
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