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    Default why ride in a velodrome if you're not racing?

    i've ridden a track bike on a track and enjoyed it - but i'm too old, too fat and too slow to race.

    so i wonder, is the only reason to get on the track to win a race? or, do you ever ride on a track for training, exercise or fun?

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    training, exercise or fun?

    All of the above.

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    because it is fun..... diving up and down the banked corners
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    You can work out to the point of dehydration, total exhaustion, or completely bonk without being more than a few hundred yards from your car.
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    A couple weeks back, I was out training on the track. I talked for a few minutes with an older gentleman (70+) decked in aero helmet and bars. He was out for "his weekly time trial." I don't think he was competing. It was just more interesting than riding the stationary bike.

    You might go to a couple of training sessions if you have a local track. I've found that track racing, in Seattle at least, has by far the widest range of abilities of any other discipline of racing. I don't know why that is. There are some really questionable people out racing - and they seem to be having a lot of fun.

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    Because riding the track is the most fun you can have with a helmet (and clothes) on....

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    uh, because it's weather irrelevant.

    i'll try it when nashville or chattanooga or knoxville builds one.

    waiting...






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    I did it so I wouldn't get lost.

    That and it's fun as hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Kirk View Post
    I did it so I wouldn't get lost.

    That and it's fun as hell.

    dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenCT View Post
    sober?
    put your cooler in the middle and ride until you can't find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WadePatton View Post
    uh, because it's weather irrelevant.

    i'll try it when nashville or chattanooga or knoxville builds one.

    waiting...
    Wade cannot be trusted on this one. Slippery when wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenCT View Post
    sober?
    Not entirely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave1215 View Post
    i've ridden a track bike on a track and enjoyed it - but i'm too old, too fat and too slow to race.

    so i wonder, is the only reason to get on the track to win a race? or, do you ever ride on a track for training, exercise or fun?
    I ride on the track and I don't race. After bi-lateral hip replacement it's just not a good idea. Plus being in the old and fat crowd as well I know I'm not competitive - still I just love riding on the track.

    It's good for your form, it's good for bike handling skills, it's good for your spin and it's just plain fun, fun, fun.

    Besides there are so few of them around that if you have access to one you should support it any way you can.

    Overall, it's such a pure form of bike riding. Well, at least for me it is.

    Sorry, just so excited about riding at the track. :):)

    Do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasha View Post
    Wade cannot be trusted on this one. Slippery when wet.
    oh, mebbe some of them are out-of-doors. hell all i've ever seen-video or photos, have had a roof on it. never seed a real live one.:biggrin:






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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbill View Post
    You can work out to the point of dehydration, total exhaustion, or completely bonk without being more than a few hundred yards from your car.
    I can easily become exhausted and bonk within a few hundred yards of my car or house on every ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WadePatton View Post
    oh, mebbe some of them are out-of-doors. hell all i've ever seen-video or photos, have had a roof on it. never seed a real live one.:biggrin:
    I know you were only kidding, but this is our track.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/antlock...7617648350462/

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    Default Ageing and the track

    I plan to retire in a town with a year around track so when I get Oldtimers or CRS (can't remember shit) my caregiver can take me there and I can ride my heart out and only have one big left turn all day and not get lost or run over by a truck.

    Besides tracks are fun as hell/

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    develop skills

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    It's safe, car free and one he!! of a workout. You are never going easy almost 100% of the time you are on the gas. By and large riders at the track are knowledgeable about track rules and can play "the game". It's a freakin' blast, there is every reason to ride the track for recreation, workouts and racing. Enjoy.

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