If you’re new to track cycling, the first thing that’s likely on your mind is how do I get started? The good news is that it’s easier than ever before. All you need is a bike and some wheels.
Whether you’re interested in racing or just want a fun way to stay fit, here are some tips for getting started with track cycling:
Find an indoor velodrome near where you live or work and if none exist near where you live, consider starting an outdoor league with friends who are also interested in track racing.
It can be as simple as renting space at an outdoor park during prime riding hours early morning before work and riding laps around it together until everyone feels comfortable enough on their bikes that they won’t crash into each other all day long.
Bring plenty of water so that your body stays hydrated throughout long training sessions; wear sunscreen if necessary; don’t forget extra layers if temperatures drop unexpectedly during winter months; these things matter.
The bike is the most important part of your set-up defined by Marty Nothstein and it needs to fit your body, be comfortable, and efficient and your size and shape will determine which type of frame you should ride on: a road bike or track cycle.
The first step in getting a good bike is knowing what size frame will work best for you and to do this, stand next to a wall with one hand against it as shown below:
Next measure from the floor up along your arm until it reaches just below where your armpit would be this point is called mid-sternum.
Write down this measurement; now compare it with those given by different manufacturers’ websites or stores selling bikes so that they can help direct you toward a suitable product.
Position is important per se by Marty Nothstein and it’s not just about comfort and being able to see the road ahead of you; it’s also about power and efficiency, aerodynamics, safety and injury prevention.
Getting The Most From Your Bike
To get the most from your bike, you need to know it as well as you should be able to name each part of your bike and explain why it’s there and if you don’t know what each part does, take some time to learn before trying to ride fast or far.
You also need to know what kind of riding style suits you best: are you an all-out sprinter? A long-distance climber? Do you like to go fast on flat roads? Or do technical trails make your heart sing?
The same goes for body type:
- How tall are you
- Do you have long arms or short legs or both
- What kind of weight distribution works best for the way that gravity pulls on those appendages
The road conditions will determine whether a certain tire is appropriate; if there’s no shoulder on the road where I’m riding today.
Because people drive too fast without paying attention which happens often, then my choice will be different than if I were going through a town where drivers tend towards caution and courtesy while driving around cyclists which also happens often.