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MCF member clubs welcome new members of all levels. Here are just a few.
Minneapolis Bicycle Racing Club
Contact:  Jim Flanders
Website:  Flanders/MBRC
 

Nomad Marketing Cycling Team

Contact:  Jason Lardy
Website:  Nomad Marketing

 
Minnesota Cycling Team
Contact:  Kevin Lennon
Website:  www.mncyclingteam.org
 

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The chain on most track bikes will be a 1/8”-width chain.  These chains are visibly wider than any chain you would find on a road bike.  The idea is that they are stronger and flex less.

That said, entry-level track bikes (e.g., a Bianchi Pista) will often come with a 3/32”-width chain, which is narrower and closer to what a road bike uses.  (More precisely, road bikes used to have 3/32” chains, before the chains started to get narrower still in order to accommodate more cogs in the rear.)
The only practical thing you have to remember about track chains is that while the larger 1/8” chain will work with any chainring or cog, the narrower 3/32” chain will not work with the wider cogs or chainrings designed for 1/8” chains.  So if you end up with a mixed collection of chains and cogs, just be aware of that.

A final note – some six-day racers in Europe use 3/32” chains on their track bikes because the chains are a little less rigid, and they say it’s easier on their legs.  Since I ride on both types of chains, I’ll say that I find this believable.  The narrower, more flexible chain makes the ride a little more comfortable, though I wouldn’t attempt to explain exactly how.



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