Track Bike guide
Velodromes have strict requirements of what type of bike can be used but don't worry if you don't own a track bike, at Alkek Velodrome we have a fleet of rental bikes, in a range of sizes that are available for use, we even have a track Tandem!
Track Bike Size Guide
39cm (650c) - 4'0"-4'5"
43cm (650c) - 4'5"-4'9"
47cm - 4'9"-5'2"
49cm - 5'2"-5'4"
50cm - 5'3"-5'5"
52cm - 5'5"-5'7"
54cm - 5'7"-5'9"
56cm - 5'9"-5'11"
58cm - 5'11"-6'2"
60cm - 6'2"+
Junior Gearing Guide (Rollout)
U12 - 50x17 (6.05m)
13-14 - 50x16 (6.45m)
15-16 - 50x15 (6.93m)
Cat 4 Only Races - 50x15 (90")
Most >49cm bikes come with 48x15 and <49cm come with 46x16 gearing however this can be changed in advance if requested.
Renting a Bike
For race event and new rider classes bikes must be requested in advance. During the pre-registration process there will be prompts for rental bikes. For open training riders can use rental bikes for a $5 fee per session. This can be sorted out on arrival by asking the training coordinator. While we always try to help get you set up and have some pedals available, if you use a clipless system it is advised you bring your own pedals and tools to install them.
Track Bike Criteria
All track bikes must be fixed gear single speed bikes without brakes. The pedal height must be sufficient that when at it's lowest point it doesn't connect with the banking while the bike is vertical (Track bikes have a higher bottom bracket and shorter cranks for this reason. Drop bars are required for group riding and mass start/sprint races. Aerobars are permitted for certain TT events and individual training. Aerobars can be used for the team pursuit and associated training.
Who Sells Track Bikes?
If you decide you enjoy track cycling you may wish to get your own track bike, we have plenty of locally owned bike shops that will help you get set up!
Bike Barn - Specialized & All City.
Fixed Up - Variety of fixed gear options including Collossi
Cool Cats - Bianchi, Cinelli, Salsa & All City
Urban Bicycle Gallery - BMC & Cervelo
Handlebar Cyclery - Aventon & Giant
Society Cycle Works - Pinarello, All City & Cervelo
Bicycle Speed Shop - Pinarello & Specialized
West End Bikes - Specialized
The first step in your track cycling journey...