• This is quite an interesting discussion, thanks for posting, also that Alex Simmons' blog 👍. As my local velodrome has a very steep banking at 47°, I'm very interested in the theories that this question arises, even though I'm a noob in physics. So I'm sorry to say there is little I can contribute in this. The most I can say, is that almost everyone I have seen sliding down the banking (quite a few actually), had inferior tyres and didn't keep enough pressure on the pedals. No significance in rider weight being very heavy or light. Keeping enough pressure somehow creates traction and therefor grip, at least in my experience (again, no idea how the physics are explained).


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