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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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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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Type 2 Fun

Type 2 Fun

Cycling is fun. That is the main reason we do it, right? Sometimes though the fun is more retrospectively than in the moment. The rain/snow may be getting hammered into your face by a headwind. The mud may be trying to suck you underground. When you get home, though, you just want to do it all again.

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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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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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