Track bike for commuting?

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Track bike for commuting?

Postby rkelsen » Mon May 17, 2010 9:36 pm

I've recently started noticing how sexy older track bikes can be.

How would a short wheelbase steel track bike handle a commute on roads and bike paths? Obviously, I'll be adding brakes. (clamp on ones. I'm not planning on drilling any vintage steel...)

My question is about whether it can/should be done? Opinions & experiences please.

I think I can convince the finance minister that I need a vintage Italian... 8)
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Re: Track bike for commuting?

Postby lethoso » Tue May 18, 2010 6:54 pm

well you could ride a unicycle to work if you wanted to, doesn't mean it's a good idea though.
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Re: Track bike for commuting?

Postby Pax » Tue May 18, 2010 9:13 pm

lethoso wrote:well you could ride a unicycle to work if you wanted to, doesn't mean it's a good idea though.


Jeez lets hope Colin Old and Cranky doesn't read this or you're in big trouble :lol:
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Re: Track bike for commuting?

Postby rkelsen » Tue May 18, 2010 9:39 pm

lethoso wrote:well you could ride a unicycle to work if you wanted to, doesn't mean it's a good idea though.

Hence the question... :)

FWIW, I regularly see people riding unicycles on my commute. They never seem to know what to do with their hands. :lol: It's kinda funny to watch them "shimmy" down the road.
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Re: Track bike for commuting?

Postby jules21 » Wed May 19, 2010 9:14 am

rkelsen wrote:How would a short wheelbase steel track bike handle a commute on roads and bike paths? Obviously, I'll be adding brakes. (clamp on ones. I'm not planning on drilling any vintage steel...)

do they have caliper bosses?
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Re: Track bike for commuting?

Postby sogood » Wed May 19, 2010 9:29 am

Plenty of people use track frame for their fixie commuter build. The higher BB would reduce the chance of pedal strikes. Short wheelbase? It'll just make you more agile amongst the traffic.
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Re: Track bike for commuting?

Postby rkelsen » Wed May 19, 2010 10:19 am

jules21 wrote:
rkelsen wrote:How would a short wheelbase steel track bike handle a commute on roads and bike paths? Obviously, I'll be adding brakes. (clamp on ones. I'm not planning on drilling any vintage steel...)

do they have caliper bosses?

Of course they don't, smartypants. :P

Have you seen these clamp on caliper kits for track bikes? Linky.
sogood wrote:Short wheelbase? It'll just make you more agile amongst the traffic.

Thanks man.

So it's a goer... :) Watch this space.
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Re: Track bike for commuting?

Postby hartleymartin » Wed May 19, 2010 7:26 pm

rkelsen wrote:I've recently started noticing how sexy older track bikes can be.

How would a short wheelbase steel track bike handle a commute on roads and bike paths? Obviously, I'll be adding brakes. (clamp on ones. I'm not planning on drilling any vintage steel...)

My question is about whether it can/should be done? Opinions & experiences please.

I think I can convince the finance minister that I need a vintage Italian... 8)


You could - I don't think it is such a great idea, but you could always try it out and report your findings to the wider community.
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Re: Track bike for commuting?

Postby rearviewmirror » Thu May 20, 2010 11:53 am

No problem commuting on a track bike at all, lots of folks do it.
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Re: Track bike for commuting?

Postby jaseyjase » Thu May 20, 2010 1:49 pm

Considering many couriers around the world use old track bikes all day long, im sure you'll be fine =)
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Re: Track bike for commuting?

Postby alchemist » Thu May 20, 2010 2:46 pm

Would depend a lot on the bike; toe overlap and comfort could be a issue.

Other than that riding fixed on the street is not an issue
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Re: Track bike for commuting?

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Thu May 20, 2010 5:19 pm

rkelsen wrote:FWIW, I regularly see people riding unicycles on my commute. They never seem to know what to do with their hands. :lol: It's kinda funny to watch them "shimmy" down the road.


We stick them down the lycra pressure togs, adjust and jiggle the dangly bits and keep our hands warm. Why else do you think we always have a stupid grin?
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Re: Track bike for commuting?

Postby mikesbytes » Thu May 20, 2010 6:05 pm

I commute on a steel track bike.

This one

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