Anatomy of a track bike

Speed racing bike.

Fixed gear

Just one gear and no freewheel, which means you have to keep pedaling!

No brakes

Not in the traditional sense at least, although the fixed gear acts as a way of slowing down, by gradually reducing the pedaling speed.

Tubular tyres

The majority of track race bikes will use tubular tyres, known as tubs. These are glued on to the rims and can handle much higher pressures than standard clincher road tyres.

Geometry

Low, steep and fast! Almost all the riding will be done in the drops, with quick handling and maximum speed being the important factors.

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