Re: [CR]Re: Track Racing - "no pain, no gain"


Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 12:12:50 -0700
From: Chuck Schmidt <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]Re: Track Racing - "no pain, no gain"
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James \"Giacomo\" Bellora wrote:
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> Mi amici,
> Not to beat a dead horse (SOP on this list)...I do ride a track bike on the road until it's race season. Just so I get a smattering of scrunched noses (as if smelling fetid socks)--it's a early '90's cannondale. When fall/winter arrives I simply swap out the track fork (steel, short rake) for a road fork (carbon with a larger rake) and add one front brake. I change stems with an adjustable hi riser and use a set-back seat post. This compensates for the steep track angles and smoothes out the ride. When it's time to race at T-town, I swap out to the original stuff. Personally I think fixed gear riding is an awesome training tool--especially if you go on undulating profile....hills to grind up, flats to tempo, and downhills to spin like a monkey. Studies show that typical roadies coast 40% of the time. With a fixie, never. You must work 100% of the time. I think everyone should have a fixie in the shed. One day a week will make a huge difference. As you get stronger, add
> gear inches.
> Giacomo "Campione di Pista da Virginia" Bellora

Hi James,

You forgot to say what gears you ride (I think you just didn't say to avoid the off list naysayers like I get :) I'm at the edge of the bell curve on the gear size so you won't get a scrunched nose here...

Chuck Schmidt L.A.

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