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Advice about tracklocross.

Tracklocross Tyres: What You Need to Know

Tracklocross Tyres: What You Need to Know

I will not recommend brands or sizing for tracklocross tyres; I will tell you about different tyre patterns and their uses. The reason for not recommending brands is that they may be almost impossible to buy, thanks to the pandemic. Sizing will also come down to your frame. A true track frame will have way less tyre clearance than a Squid SO-EZ or Surly Steamroller.

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Decathlon  Elops 500- A Super Cheap Tracklocross Bike?

Decathlon Elops 500- A Super Cheap Tracklocross Bike?

One of my most successful posts has been about discussing frames for tracklocross and I was raking about for other examples the other day. I came across the Elops 500 from Decathlon, a complete single speed for £250/€230. A bike that could get you started for less than half the price of any of the frames on my list.

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Track Frames With Clearance for Tracklocross – Part 2

Track Frames With Clearance for Tracklocross – Part 2

The first part of the guide to frames for tracklocross has proven to be a bit of a hit, and I’ve also had people send me other options and frames to look at and see what I think. Now, I’ve started to compile a second guide so that we don’t end up with a massive mess of a post.

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Can a Tracklocross Bike Be a Great Commuter?

Can a Tracklocross Bike Be a Great Commuter?

People often ask me if their bike can work as a commuter? Which got me thinking about using a tracklocross bike as a commuter. The simple answer is that a tracklocross bike will make an excellent commuter, especially when the weather is less than perfect.

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Tracklocross and Fixed Gear Skids

Tracklocross and Fixed Gear Skids

Skids are not only for kids. They are for everyone. There is nothing quite like the feeling of pulling long-ass skids on a bike. Tracklocross makes skids feel even better. You can ride through town on your fixed gear and pull skids all day on roads, but as soon as you are out in the wild and hammering through skids in the dirt, especially if it’s dry and dusty, and life just gets even better.

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What Gear Ratio Should I Pick for Tracklocross?

What Gear Ratio Should I Pick for Tracklocross?

Picking a gearing for setting up your first tracklocross build can be daunting. The first two recommendations I ever heard were to go with a 63″ gear inch or to go with a 2:1 ratio. These were both recommended to me in the dim and distant past and were for riding single speed offroad. It was so long ago we used 26″ wheels, remember them?

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Tracklocross Conversion

Tracklocross Conversion

In 2018, Chain Reaction Cycles had a Black Friday sale. Now, I think having Black Friday sales in the UK are a bit crazy. Unless we’re thankful, we lost the US? Still, they had an offer on a bike, the Octane One Kode. The price was stupid low, so I bought one.

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What Is the Difference Between 3/32″ and 1/8″ Chains and Sprockets?

What Is the Difference Between 3/32″ and 1/8″ Chains and Sprockets?

One of the most common stumbling blocks for people coming into single speed cycling is the difference between 3/32″ and 1/8″sprockets and chains? A 1/8″ chain is the most common chain found on single speeds, and 3/32″ chain is the most common chain found on derailleur equipped bikes. A 1/8″ chain will fit on parts that are either width. 3/32″ chains will only fit on parts designed to work with 3/32″ chains.

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