Tuesday, April 14, 2009

London Velodrome


Look at the slopes at this place!

So, I've never been, but really want to try at some point... Not sure how much I'd like it, but certainly would like to give it a go. And apparently they have electronic timers now too for lap counts... a lesson on how to do it would be good too.. I'm sure there are some general rules that can be applied.

Can I use my own bike on the track?

A bike acceptable for use on the track cannot have brakes and must have a fixed gear. There has to be enough clearance for a 2x4 wooden stud set on its end to fit between the bottom of the pedal and the ground when the bike is upright and the pedal is in its lowest position. The bike must have dropped handlebars. And if it has quick release hubs the levers must be taped to the frame. Track bikes of various sizes are available for rental.

This track is banked more steeply than most other tracks in North America. When riding, you will need to maintain a speed of at least 30 km/h to avoid slipping and falling in the corners.

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