Category: tracklocross

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What Are Skid Patches?

What Are Skid Patches?

If you’re new to tracklocross, or fixed geared bikes in general, you might be wondering why people talk about skid patches and what they are. To put it simply, a skid patch is the part of your tyre that is in contact with the ground when you’re skidding. If you want to find out more, then read on.

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All-City Big Block Tracklocross Build

All-City Big Block Tracklocross Build

A few months ago, I built up an All-City Big Block as a sort of tracklocross bike. I wanted to have a swept-back bar and make the bike look a little more utilitarian than a more racey build. I’m now ready to admit that I got the build wrong.

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Snowy Saturday

Yesterday I posted a video from an unsnowy Russia. Today I thought we could look at a snowy video from Leipzig, a place slightly unaccustomed to snow. Riding a fixed gear with too big a gear for the conditions is what a few people believe tracklocross is all about, to be honest, they are probably not wrong.

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Getting Ready to Ride Tracklocross This Weekend

Going riding at the weekend is excellent, going riding tracklocross is even better. An old hangup from my BMX days is watching a video or two to get myself ready for the forthcoming fun. A good chance to get myself hyped up and ready to shred. This Friday I’ve decided to watch a Russian tracklocross video.

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YouTube Is the New Strava

YouTube Is the New Strava

I’ve often said that you don’t need to use a Garmin or to Strava your rides. Cycling doesn’t always have to be a race. I was once a racer, and it has left me with a hangup. I can’t ride with a computer or upload data on rides without checking all my numbers.

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The Fear of Tracklocross

The Fear of Tracklocross

Many people talk of mainstream media making people live in fear, and the bike trade does the same. If you want to be fast or cool, then you need the latest doodah. If you’re going to be taken seriously, you need to buy all the gear. You’ll never get up hills without a 50 tooth cog on your cassette. You’ll never get up a mountain unless you’re riding an e-bike.

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63xc.com. The Mid-noughties Site

In my blog on the history of tracklocross, I managed to forget something. Something that I really shouldn’t have as I used to spend hours perusing their blog. I forgot about 63xc. 63xc was named after their preferred gear inches option for riding offroad. That should give you enough of an idea about the site.

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One of the Joys of Tracklocross

One of the Joys of Tracklocross

The joy of tracklocross is riding trails I haven’t ridden before. They either looked “too boring” for my mountain bike or “too gnarly” for my road bike. Now I get to ride those in-between trails and feel like I’m having the most fun I’ve had in years.

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