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Old 11-17-17, 05:50 AM
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Hello all

Long-time lurker; first-time poster; thought I should say hi.

I'm a relatively new cyclist - been at it about 18 months or so - and started track cycling last December. I love it and it's something I'd like to get good at. My local velodrome is the National Cycling Centre at Manchester; did a few tasters there in December-March before starting the accreditation programme (4-stage process; currently in stage 3) with a view to doing some Structured Quality Training sessions soon-ish and possibly entering the track league next winter.

I've read through the long stickied threads on here about advice etc; what an incredible resource this place is. I felt I understood a lot more about the sport after reading it, though my overriding impression is that the learning curve is both long and steep. Expect questions to follow...

I bought a secondhand track bike in September; nothing too flashy but the price was right and it's a country mile ahead of the hire bikes in terms of the riding experience. Picture attached - it's a Winspace track frame (a brand I'd not previously heard of) with a variety of bits and Planet X tubular wheels (currently on Conti Sprinters). It was a 'bitsa' the previous owner had put together; since the picture attached was taken I've swapped out the saddle in favour of a Specialized Power saddle - which I have on all my bikes - and have bought some 35cm 3T Scattos and a 3T stem for it (largely because I have a weakness for shiny carbon fibre things and like how they look, rather than any proper performance reason).
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Old 11-17-17, 10:01 AM
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Hi, FinkFloyd!

Welcome to the forum!

As you've noted, track cycling is easy to learn and difficult to master...and fun the entire way.

Nice bike!

Feel free to jump in with questions, comments, or answers.
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Old 11-17-17, 11:12 AM
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Hi Floyd

Good to hear from a fellow Brit.

I'm in exactly the same situation as you- I'm on Stage 3 of my accreditation at Manchester. I've also raced at Knowsley and Newcastle-Under-Lyme.

I've got my own track bike too, luckily enough to never have used the hire bikes.

Probably see you at the next stage 4? Whereabouts geographically are you from? I live in Wrexham, North Wales
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Old 11-17-17, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by MrMinty View Post
Probably see you at the next stage 4? Whereabouts geographically are you from? I live in Wrexham, North Wales
Hi - I'm very close then. Originally from Dolgellau, Gwynedd; live in Chester now. Entirely possible that I'll have seen you at some point if you're a regular at Manchester.
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The learning curve is steep initially but levels off pretty quickly. It looks like the power graph from a standing start. Don't be intimidated by the amount of new info you come across, nor your initial mastery of it. As long as you ride with an eye to safety, you'll be able to enjoy this sport for a long time. Cheers!
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Originally Posted by FinkFloyd View Post
Hi - I'm very close then. Originally from Dolgellau, Gwynedd; live in Chester now. Entirely possible that I'll have seen you at some point if you're a regular at Manchester.
Was that you there on Saturday in the Chester CC Jersey? I was in my Wrexham RC kit if it was you!
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Good looking bike. I'm sure it will be pretty with some new carbon pieces. Ever thought of taking a link out of that chain to get the wheel tucked closer into that seat tube?
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