Find a Club

MCF member clubs welcome new members of all levels. Here are just a few.

University of MN Cycling Team

Contact:  Ken Hum
Website:  umct.org

 
Omnium Racing
Contact:  Megan Kelly
Website:  Omnium Racing
 
Great Plains Cycling Club
Contact:  Jeremy Christianson
Website:  Great Plains Cycling Club
 

Find a race

No events scheduled

Pedals in use on the track are basically the same as those in use on the road.  True, some trackies still ride toe clips and straps, which you would never see on the road these days, but you don’t need different pedals on the track than on the road, and most track racers use standard road pedals.

You will notice that some track racers have fitted their clipless pedals with toe straps as a belt-and-suspenders measure.  It has to be said that pulling out of your pedal on a fixed-gear bike is particularly disastrous, since you can’t stop pedaling.   It’s hard to re-engage, and you might go down.  But this isn’t that much of a risk with most current pedal systems.  And while many top sprinters still use the extra toe strap, some top riders (e.g., Theo Bos, a world champion in the Keirin and match sprint) just use stock clipless pedals.  Bos can generate as much or more power than anyone in the world, and apparently Shimano clipless pedals are good enough for him.

A final note – cornering clearance.  Most pedals nowadays have plenty of cornering clearance, and this is important on the track.  In the old days, the difference between track and road pedals was that track pedals had the outer part of the cage removed.  This is not because you might clip your inside pedal when going fast through a corner, as on the road.  It’s the opposite: this is because you might clip your outside pedal when going slowly through a corner on the track.  Having said that, modern pedals all have good cornering clearance compared to, e.g., Super Record pedals of old.

 

Track bars traditionally curve more sharply downward into the drops in order to make room for your forearms when your hands are on the drops.  Track bikes invariably come equipped with such track-style handlebars.  But in truth, different racers have different preferences, and not all prefer that format.  If you watch elite international track racing, you’ll notice a growing minority of riders with unusual bar formats that allow them to hang on to the bars at a point where the brake levers would be on a road bike.

The one consistent feature of track bars is that they are narrower than what you might ride on the road.  Smaller riders will ride 38cm bars, and larger riders will ride 40cm bars – even if on the road they would be riding 42cm or 44cm bars.  Given the tight spacing of riders on the track, it makes sense to have the narrower bars.

 
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next > End >>

Page 2 of 6