The rules about axles are probably the most commonly broken but unfortunately axles are, in my experience which is repairing the damage they do, the most damaging thing for the track.
I had to repair several deep gouges this week that most likely came from overly long axles. Its also stopped play on the track for a couple hours before when it’s caused really bad damage.
@yoav as much as I rate Dolan bikes, Terry Dolan will tell you whatever he needs to in order to sell you a bike or keep you from returning one. Sadly it is probably ‘normal’ that bike manufacturers care more about the profitability of a bike than it’s suitability for the market at which it is aimed, Hoy track bikes being specced with totally unsuitable dual compound tyres being another example of this.
Washers are an alright solution but thinking about it, will result in the nuts being wider apart which could still damage the track, albeit probably not as much as the narrower axle.
As for why you see this so often on the track, keeping track (no pun intended) of the kit people are using is pretty difficult. Punters are pretty good at presenting their bike for a wee inspection before they go on the track, the first time they use that bike but it’s not long before they start upgrading bits and very rarely does anyone come see me to ask if their new wheels/bars/etc are ok to go on the track.
Also, you might get a bike inspection at a national champs or a uci event - though that will be more concerned with the legality of your position, weight etc - but smaller event organisers (ie track leagues) are shit scared of taking anything to do with inspecting bikes because, I believe, there was an instance some time who where a bike was ‘scrutineered’ and passed and then something happened like the wheel hadn’t been properly secured and the rider crashed, got injured and sued the organiser saying the inspection should have picked this up.
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