[CR]Re: Track Racing

(Example: Events:Cirque du Cyclisme:2004)

To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 13:59:52 -0800
Subject: [CR]Re: Track Racing
From: Mark A. Perkins <bicyclemark@juno.com>

On Mon, 17 Mar 2003 11:29:55 -0700 Chuck Schmidt <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net> writes:
> I know some ride track bikes on the road without a brake as a matter
> of pride.
> I say: Pride goeth before the fall ;)
> Chuck Schmidt
> L.A.

What fall Chuck? I've been riding my track bike for 30 years now, and as long as I am able I will continue for another 30, without the fall. No pride about it. Confidence? Yes. Knowledge & experience? Yes.

Like the old saying goes, don't knock it until you've tried it. And in this case, I think a simple try is far from enough to have the kind of experience-inspired confidence that is necessary. You go ahead and use your brakes on a track bike, or your road bike with fixed gear conversion. I certainly wouldn't want to be blamed for someone's fall just because I said it was OK not to use brakes on a track bike.

"Bicycle Mark" Perkins Fresno Cycling Club - Historian Fresno, California, U.S.A.

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