> Both steel bars are for sprinting. The "short flats" have most
> likely been cut down at some point so as not to wack ya in the kneecaps when jumping down the banking. The 18's are straighter at the top out of the stem; the 14's "round" immediately. Just a little different feel. says John T.Pergolizzi
> The Ron Kitching catalogue calls the no.14 Pista and the no.18 Madison. This would explain the straighter top on the no.18 that John mentions as it would provide a better hand hold on the tops during a madison change.
> Ray Green, Brighton, England
I'd just add that if the original poster could read the stamped model number on the bars they weren't cut down as the numbers are stamped at the end of the bars.
Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California