Riding uphill is often considered the bane of riding a fixed gear or tracklocross bike, but it isn’t. I will give you the number one tip for going uphill right here. See if you want to get off and push or sit down for a minute? Do it. You shouldn’t care what anyone else says. The people who want to suffer can suffer. Keep cycling fun, and do you and don’t feel pressure to be superhuman.Continue reading “Riding Uphill on a Tracklocross Bike”
I wrote an enormous article and a follow up where I listed a whole pile of frames for tracklocross. For this year, rather than trying to be fully encompassing, I will list my top 6 tracklocross frames for this year. I’ve gone with frames that should be pretty much available worldwide.Continue reading “My Top 6 Tracklocross Frames for 2022”
The other day at work, I built up a wheelie bike for a new project. It struck me that this bike is so simple. The wheelie bike has stripped away what you don’t need, and you have a bike that is just simply a bike. It is a bike that will work, and you don’t need any bike trade marketing to dictate the features on the bike. The kid pulling wheelies down your road is who the bike is designed around, not marketing. In short, this is why I also love tracklocross.Continue reading “Tracklocross: In Praise of a Simple Bike”
As the title says, I went for a wee ride on the Squid SO-EZ tracklocross monster with my daughter, rocking her Forme kid’s mountain bike. It has been a while since we were last out while awaiting a break in the Scottish weather; it has been non-stop storms recently.
I shared the first part of this journey, where YouTube somehow won’t show the HD version, now we have the second half of the cycle up to Firkin Point. Sadly, for a January ride, there is no snow but we do have a nice low hanging winter sun as I ride the tracklocross bike alongside one of Scotland’s most famous tourist spots.
Tracklosalmon is a tracklocross race that I held last weekend. The basic principle was to run a tracklocross race similar to a dual slalom event. I set out a 40-second course, with a Le Man’s start, a sharp climb and technical downhill. It was to try and run a different style of tracklocross event. One that I felt would have been a laugh.Continue reading “Tracklosalmon”
The other day I went for a ride on the Surly Steamroller through Glasgow Green and Richmond Park. The weather was that terrible dreich weather that we have been having this winter. Cold, grey and rainy; honestly, it totally sucks. Nice to see a lot of people out on walks, though.
Previously we talked about how a tracklocross bike works well as a commuter bike; one of the ways to up this utilitarian use is to use studded tyres in winter. Studded tyres will help you find grip where previously there was none. You’ll find yourself riding across sections of paths where others will slip and fall.Continue reading “Should Tracklocross Bikes Run Studded Tyres?”
Fixed gear bikes were one of those fads that blow up in cycling. The trend was so big that many people developed a derogatory attitude to fixed gears bikes. It was one of those divides that humanity loves, you either loved fixed gear or hated it, and you stayed in your camp. Like most irrational hatreds, it isn’t based on logic, so I’m going to show you why logically, a fixed gear bike, which is essentially what your tracklocross bike is, is excellent for winter riding. On a side note, we’re not going to call a fixed gear bike a fixie as we have an irrational hatred of that term.Continue reading “Tracklocross Is Great for Winter Riding”