The Chandler Challenge Team Track Series was held over four evenings. I was way out of my league, but it was good experience racing at higher pace and intensity. The following photos are from Round 4 of the Chandler Challenge Team Track Series held on 7 November 2015.
The try the track session at Chandler Velodrome held by Cycling Queensland on 7 November 2015 was very successful with more than 70 people turning up to try the track.
All my bikes are 56 cm frames. A while back, I had a bike fit done and they recommended a 55 cm frame. That left me wondering whether 56 cm was really the right frame size for me, or whether I was better off on a 54 cm frame. This is particularly so for track frames, where a size smaller than used on a road frame is often recommended because the steeper seat tube angle lengthens the effective top tube length.
I therefore took the opportunity to hire a 54 cm track bike. I was given this 54 cm Fuji Track bike for the training session. The bike was running 48/15 gearing. Even though the Fuji Track was a steel frame, it was quite acceptable for a beginner bike.
I noticed that the wheel axel bolts had not be cut so that they did not protrude through the nuts; nor had the bottle cage bolts been removed or taped over. I was expecting to have to do these two things to get my own bike on the track.
Photos of the 56 cm and 58 cm Chandler Velodrome hire bikes are here.
I had my first ride on a velodrome today (apart from a few laps around Launceston Velodrome 25 years ago). I rode with the Repsych Cycling Development Sunday afternoon training session at Chandler Velodrome. Awesome fun and it was great being coached by a world class cycling athlete — thanks Kerrie Meares.
While I have several fixie bikes, they are road-oriented hipster-style bikes, rather than proper track bikes. What is the difference? Simply put, my bike frames have lower bottom brackets (less pedal clearance on the steep velodrome banking) and more relaxed seat tube and head tube angles (slower steering).
I decided to hire one of the Chandler Velodrome track bikes through Cycling Queensland, rather than risk taking my own bike and finding that it was unsuitable and then not being able to ride.
I usually ride a 56 cm frame. My bike for the Repsych training session was a Geoffrey Butler (front of the photos). It has obviously been well used over the years, but did the job of getting me around the track safely. The other beginner rider for the session was riding the 58 cm frame at the rear of the photos. Both bikes were steel framed and were quite acceptable for the session. The 56 cm track bike was running 48/15 gearing; the 58 cm bike had 49/15 gearing.
Photos of the Chandler Velodrome 54 cm Fuji Track hire bike are here.
The first two uses of the Chandler Velodrome track hire bikes are free. After that, Cycling Queensland charges $7.00 per day. Bargain! You will need to bring your own pedals. You should also bring your own tools so that you can make any adjustments yourself without having to borrow tools. A set of allan keys, pedal spanner, a 15 mm spanner for the wheel axel nuts and a track pump with a gauge should cover most things.