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Two Reasons Why Toe Straps Are Important for Track Cyclists

equipment racing training Nov 24, 2017

Regardless of whether you're a beginner or experienced track cyclist, the talk of toe-straps is of importance to everyone!

Here are some reasons why...

1. SECURE FOOT, SHOE AND PEDAL CONTACT

Think of it like this… when you’re following an opponent around the track in a race and it’s time to accelerate quickly, you want to engage and maximise your power line as efficiently as possible. That is, the line in which you can transfer all the power your body generates into the pedals, as fast as possible, so you can quickly accelerate your speed. 

An important area that tends to get over looked is your cycling shoes! When you think about your foot in your cycling shoe - is it a snug fit? Or is there room to move your foot up and down, or side to side? 

If you are experiencing this type of movement in your cycling shoes, it’s likely that some of the power that you produce when pedalling is going to waste,...

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Two Major Benefits of Using Narrow Track Handlebars

bike set up equipment Oct 31, 2016

A stock standard 38 or 40 cm (width) handlebar, sometimes even wider is what you’ll usually get from your supplier in purchasing a new track bike and when you’re just getting started on the track, they will probably do the job.

But as you get more experienced and spend more time on the track, you may want to consider a narrower handlebar.

The popularity of the narrower handlebar - particularly with sprint events and becoming increasingly popular across bunch race track endurance events has a lot to do with aerodynamics and race positions.

Improving Race Positions

At this year’s Olympic Games, you may have noticed some of the top track cyclists,  - Jason Kenny, Matthijs Buchli, and Kristina Vogel all flying round the track on very narrow handle bars particularly in the keirin events.

In bunch race events, particularly keirins and scratch races, navigating tight spaces between riders to improve your race position is made easier with the use of narrow handlebars....

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How to Change Your Track Gears

How do you change your track gears? Are you getting all the steps right? 

For those of you who are having trouble with changing gears fluently, our Head Coach Kerrie Meares offers a video guide to successfully change your gears!  

The equipment you're going to need to change your track gears are:

  • Chain rings and cogs to fit your bike crank and rear wheel
  • Allen key (usually 5mm) to unscrew and re-screw chainring bolts
  • Chain-whip
  • 15mm spanner (or spanner/allen key required to loosen and retighten rear wheel)
  • Lock ring (for wheels requiring it)

A few weeks ago, we put a blog post together offering tips to changing gears, if you missed it - click here and we'll take you straight to it! 

TAKE 2 MINUTES AND WATCH HOW TO CHANGE YOUR GEARS - LIKE A PRO:

  1. Find a chair and hang your bike on a rack
  2. Loosen chainring bolts in a STAR pattern
  3. Remove chainring
  4. CHAIN WHIP - Use your bodyweight to LOOSEN cog ANTI-clockwise
  5. TIP - Place thumb to...
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Top 3 Accessories from the Worlds Best Track Cyclists

equipment racing Sep 26, 2016

Have you ever wondered what’s inside the backpack of some of the worlds best track cyclists?

What do they rate as their top cycling accessories, ones that help them get the best out of themselves at training events and competitions?

We’re not talking about the fundamentals such as bike, helmet, rollers, shoes and chain ring bags - they’re the mandatory items!

Instead, we’re talking about equipment, tools and accessories that make them tick, and gives them the extra 5% to go just that much faster!

We caught up with a bunch of the world’s best trackies and asked them:

What are you top 3 favourite track cycling accessories?

Here’s the top three that were mentioned the most!

  1. Headphones / Music
  2. Lunch Box / Drinks / Snacks 
  3. Foam Roller / Trigger Point Ball

Headphones / Music

Having a set of headphones and some good music is no new thing in sport.

Most elite level athletes will listen to music in some capacity to help them mentally...

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Tips to Changing Track Gears Like a Pro

Let's talk track bike mechanics...

Negotiating gear changes... pedal changes... general bike maintenance...

It can be a painful experience, especially if you've come from a road background, or no real background at all in the sport - particularly when you need something done immediately.

In this blog we're going to talk gearing and guide you through this common practice that most seasoned track cyclists will experience during training or racing sessions.

Why Change Gears?

The gear chart offers so many multiple combinations of chain rings and cogs.

But what do they all mean? And why should you change gears?

Changing gears gives you the ability to alter your pedalling rates. As gear ratios increase, the need for strength development becomes more important.

Small gears generally will help develop your pedalling efficiency, but may not necessarily give you the ability to maximise your force and speed.

Warm up gear ratio’s are generally much smaller than racing gear...

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