Comment 55869

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted January 12, 2011 at 02:08:47

I really have to object to Trey's incessant velodrome-bashing. Track cycling is gaining enormous popularity in the cycling world today. Ask any bike shop in town, especially the co-ops. Furthermore, the few dedicated fixie-riders in this town (and yes, a couple of my bikes fit the rules you posted) don't compare in any way to how popular it is in cities like Vancouver, or more importantly, Toronto. London's velodrome is tiny and distant - the initial proposals for ours were to be one of the nicest on the continent. A velodrome here would produce a steady stream of GTA hipsters and veteren riders.

As for those rules, they've been the standard rules of track cycling for the better part of a century. A fixed-gear bike on a wooden track can get up to near-highway speeds - virtually every major speed record (at least those that don't involve recumbents or hills) are set this way. When people are literally above you because they're going so fast they can climb the banked walls, do you really want them to be able to brake hard? That's how everyone gets splinters.

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