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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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Surly Lowside

Surly Lowside

Sometimes, I like to coast on a bike. I’m not sure why, but sometimes it can also be fun. Sliding around, foot down style, it can almost be as great as riding fixed gear. So, I sometimes pull a bike that isn’t one of my tracklocross bikes out for a ride in the woods. Today I fancied a new bike, so I built up a Surly Lowside, okay I started doing this last week, but today I finished.

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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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Where Have I Been?

Do you care, do I even care? Possibly, not the best introduction to a blog post yet, but I’m doing my best. The blog, though, has been ticking over nicely. I guess people want to know about tracklocross? The good news is I still do as well, and I also need to post about my Squid/BLB SO-EZ build. It is a proper spare parts build.

Rather than jumping back into writing loads, I thought I’d post a few recent tracklocross videos that I’ve seen on YouTube.

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Tracklocross Is Mindfulness

Tracklocross Is Mindfulness

Cycling is often used to help us fix our health issues, both physical and mental. It is an excellent tool for this and many of the other ails of society. Cycling is then used to help fight against depression and anxiety, which I’m sure we can all agree is a great idea. I’m going to go a step further and claim fixed gear, and tracklocross, in particular, is one of the best forms of cycling for this.

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What Is the Difference Between a Single Speed and a Fixed Gear (Fixie) Bike?

What Is the Difference Between a Single Speed and a Fixed Gear (Fixie) Bike?

A single speed and a fixed gear bike will look very similar to most people when you put them side by side, but what is the difference between them? The main difference between a single speed bike and a fixed gear bike is that you can coast on a single speed. On a fixed gear, you are pedalling, or you are stopped. If you want to know more then, please read on.

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Underbiking for Fun

The wast majority of people overbike. They do this because the media and marketing have made them feel it is the only way to achieve their goals. They’ll be faster if they buy this. Marketing, as I always say, is geared at racing. That is a massive issue for creating an inclusive cycling culture. Do you think everyone in the Netherlands feels that they are in a race? That is one of the reasons we should underbike.

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I Got a New Stem

I Got a New Stem

In a blog about my Big Block tracklocross build, I mentioned that I felt I might have got my stem and bars wrong for the build. The ones I picked seemed to suck the fun out of flying around totally out of control. The good news is I got new bars, and the better news is that I now have a stem made in Glasgow for my All-City.

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NHS Social Prescribing

In my day to day, we’ve just been booked to try an NHS social prescribing pilot. We’ll be running various BMX and gravel rides for them. Today I was off laying down routes for people to follow on the loops. As the loops are short and we don’t want to put people off, we thought it would be a better idea to run these guides on YouTube as a visual cue.