Percrime wrote:Things to bear in mind Penny. Its a track bike so A) coasting doesnt.
B) You have to take of clipped it. Probably with a push and if they are club track bikes probably with toe clips. (dunno how DISC does it having not ever been there. Jeez its a long time since I have been on a tracky.)
C) once you are moving you will be suprised how the steepness of the track suddenly doesnt matter at all (It will be a LOT steeper than Hawthorn.) So don;t let it psych you out before you start. And D) especially for you.. at least borrow a roady before you go.. you may just find the different riding position too different (too much in one go) I cant remember but have you ridden a road bike at all?
Presumably they would give you orientation before in which case all the above is so redundant You will hear it lots.
Thanks for that Dave.
A) I'm assuming you mean that you have to keep on pedalling. I remember you telling me that track bikes DON'T have BRAKES!!!
B) The flyer instructions say to bring cleats if you have them ... which sounds like they might fit your pedals to the track bike?
As you know, I have Shimano SPD (double sided) cleats.
What's with the starting off with both feet clipped in? Can't you clip in the second foot once you're going as per normal??
C) I found Hawthorn OK once I got going ... just a bit hard starting off, as you have to start at the top of the velodrome, so at the top of the slope.
I actually felt more comfortable down the bottom of the velodrome than at the top!
D) I have ridden a road bike before, but only briefly when I borrowed one of my mum's friends road bike for an afternoon for a ride along the Beach Road bike path. It probably wasn't the right size for me ... and the seat wasn't comfortable ... I think because the handlebars were pretty low down (and I didn't have knicks at the time either).
Looks like a practice session at Hawthorn velodrome is in order at some stage ... maybe Cup Day after the BBQ? I've decided I'll take the day off work, because I will have handed in my last assignment the day before, so I deserve a break.
As for the biostats students having an exam the next day ... I will probably be on "night watch" of MUSO until midnight on the Monday answering questions, and then again on the Tuesday night, as the lecturer doesn't have internet access at home!
(Better than before their assignment though ... when I was up til 1 am working on my OWN biostats assignment and checking MUSO every so often replying to questions as well!!!)