Re: [CR] Track bike set up

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From: "Mark Fulton" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 09:34:00 -0700
Subject: Re: [CR] Track bike set up

I started track racing in 1948. We simply called the condition "toe lap." That term still works for me. It was only a problem when riding track bikes with fixed gears on the road. Primarily experienced during low-speed turns or when attempting a "track stand" at a traffic light (with one pedal forward.) Road bikes in those days had longer wheelbases and relaxed geometry, as did path racers. No toe lap. Today, big-foot fixie riders with modern road bikes, especially criterium race bikes can have toe lap. Again toe lap is only a problem with fixed gears, because with a freewheel most people coast around slow-speed turns anyway. And the first time you do that and the tire hits your toe, you learn to coast through turns with the inside pedal down.

Mark Fulton
another good ridin' day in
Redwood City