Comment 56014

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted January 12, 2011 at 13:09:06

$3000 for a track bike? I wish! The standard model at London was the KHS Flite 300, which is more like a $5-600 bike, which is pretty standard for a bike in that range (Fugi track, etc). For far less you can convert an old road bike (which would be allowed by the rules trey posted). Oh, and given the number of messengers who ride such bikes every day (such a a certain infamous old Hamilton dude with this exact same track bike), I would have to say that it is indeed possible.

This whole argument is beyond ridiculous. What kind of competition-grade sporting facilities would not require specialized eqiupment? You wouldn't be allowed out on a Hockey arena to play in your sneakers, nor would they let you play soccer in high heels. Perhaps Formula-1 races should start being more inclusive of Tempos and old-school VW Bugs? Racetracks need rules, and as much as I'd like to see a "random bike night" at the 'drome, I sure as hell wouldn't want them on the track when I was trying to seriously ride.

The requirements for track racing really aren't any more stringent than most mountain or road races, many of which do require $3000 bikes (I don't know that I'd try to compete with serious road racers with anything under $2500). And moreover, bikes cost money. You don't get racing-grade bikes for $200 at Canadian Tire - it's not economically possible. Would you buy a $1000 new car?

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