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A Little Tracklocross Ride Through Glasgow Green

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.

Should Tracklocross Bikes Run Studded Tyres?

Should Tracklocross Bikes Run Studded Tyres?

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.

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Tracklocross Is Great for Winter Riding

Tracklocross Is Great for Winter Riding

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.

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Surly Steamroller Tracklocross Build

Surly Steamroller Tracklocross Build

Surly has its fingerprints all over the crime scene, like many niche trends that come into cycling or back into cycling if you check the history of tracklocross article. The Steamroller, for many people, is the archetypical wide tyred fixed gear machine. Just ask the Kilo WT. As you can imagine, a model that has been around for 20 years and barely changed, the Steamroller has a cult following, but is it worthy of that following?

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Another Scottish Tracklocross Ride

Another little jaunt on the tracklocross bike, to be honest, though this one may be more considered a fixed gear ride. I ride alongside the Forth and Clyde canal as it meanders between Clydebank and Bowling. I was off to look at the new Bowline active travel path and assess future group ride routes.

2021

2021

2021 on a personal level for me, has been shite. Just not that great at all. There have been struggles at every corner. Personal struggles with my ex. Healthcare issues, physical and mental. Relationship issues. Now, the charity, well, a CIC, but no one really seems to understand the difference, that I get in the way of running has had a loss of £30k of bikes. Given that bikes cost that now, this may not seem like a lot. In the grand scheme of things, it isn’t, but beyond the monetary value, these bikes inspired hope in many young people, which has now been whipped away.

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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 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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