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MCF member clubs welcome new members of all levels. Here are just a few.
Twin Cities Spoke of the IC3
Contact:  Jeannie Scholz
Website:  www.twincitiesspoke.com
 
Loon State Cyclists
Contact:  Mike Delaney
Website:  Loon State Cyclists
 
Flat City Cycling Club
Contact:  Matt Anderson
Website:  www.flatcity.org
 

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Track frames tend to be stiffer, heavier, and less comfortable than road frames, which is natural given what they are being designed for.  But a few features merit special mention.

  • Higher bottom bracket.  Again, for better pedal clearance.
  • No bottle braze-ons.  Water bottles are never allowed on the track.  On a wood track in particular, any water on the track surface is treacherous and will cause crashes.  (Incidentally, this is an easy way to know if a fixed-gear or single-speed bike being sold in a shop is laid out with an actual track geometry.  Most single-speeds are not set up for track – the bottom bracket height, seat and head angles, etc., are road angles.  But if there are bottle braze-ons, it’s a dead giveaway – you know it’s not meant for the track, whatever the marketing materials say.)
  • Stronger Forks.  Especially on short, steeply banked tracks, the G-forces a rider will generate in the corner are not inconsiderable, and that weight comes bearing down onto the front fork disproportionately.  So, the fork and steerer tube need to be nice and strong to hold their shape and avoid breakage.  Any good road fork would probably be fine, but track forks are a little beefier for this reason.
  • Rear-facing dropouts.  This is the necessary feature of a track bike that makes it impossible to adapt most road frames to track use.  Because different gear combinations result in different rear-wheel positions, any fixed gear bike needs to have long, rear-facing dropouts so that the rear wheel can be positioned differently for each gear.
  • Sizing.  Depending on various factors, you may ride a smaller bike on the track than on the road.  I ride a 59cm road frame, but a 59cm track frame is too big; I ride a 57cm on the track.  This isn’t true for everyone, but it’s not uncommon.

 



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