What's the difference between a
road and a track bike?
You may have guessed looking at a track bike that there
isn't much to it but behind the simplicity, lies a lot of
technological advances in the types of material used for the
different parts such as the frames and wheels.
KEY POINTS ABOUT A TRACK BIKE
No Brakes: Riders back pedal to slow down - just make
sure you have that rear sprocket on tight or a lock ring on
No Gears: The bikes only have one gear and there
is no freewheel. In other words, you can't stop pedalling!
Riders will keep a stock of chain rings and rear wheel
sprockets to set the correct gear for specific events and
tracks. To change a gear you either change one or both of
the rear sprockets and chain rings. To change a rear
sprocket, you'll need a "chain whip" and to remove the chain
rings, an Allen key. If unsure what tools you will need for
your specific equipment, see your favourite bike retailer (www.donvalleycycles.com)
to help you choose the appropriate tools to change gear
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