Carrying own bike to velodrome

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  • After passing Stage 2 accreditation and a couple of drop-in sessions, I am getting more and more addicted to the velodrome at the point that I want to build my own bike. I already have a track frame and some Alpina bars, I just need to buy the rest ;)

    The velodrome of reference for me is LVV and from what I understand, the slots for overnight bike storage are all reserved for the rest of the year and anyway very expensive.

    My question is: how do you guys carry your track bike to the velodrome? I don't own a car and I don't plan to own one. And I live about 30 mins bike ride from the velodrome. So the solutions I can think of are:
    1) Riding the bike there, but I don't feel very comfortable to ride in the traffic without front brake and taking it out and putting it back each time sounds painful.
    2) Carrying the bike on a public transport (is that even allowed?)
    3) Like 2) but in a bike bag...again, sounds painful if it's as often as once a week.

    How do you guys do? Any tips?

  • Move closer.

  • Check the tyre requirements for on track use at LVV......... riding across London and then using the same tyres on track......

    You can get old school wheel carriers and carry a track ready tub set, ride in on clinchers, 5 mins to whip off the front brake, another 5-10mins to swap wheels.

  • ghost ride it

  • I would do the brake thing, only two allen bolts to remove caliper and an open-band finger lever. Then you’ll have to carry your wheels, I carry one strapped under ‘courier bag’ flap, then one strapped on over the flap, so that hubs/axles don’t clash too much.

    Seriously the brake thing will be fine, you’ll get fast at it.

  • Award for the creativity!

  • I just use the bike bag I use for travelling. Pretty easy on public transport (underground) as lee valley is around 14 miles from me.


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  • @Skülly @853Superfly I checked tyre requirements at LVV and it looks like this shouldn't be a problem.

    Tyres that have been used outdoors must be cleaned with a damp cloth and dried before riding
    the track

  • @ekudduke Thanks! I have a similar bag by lifeisaride, I think I am going to do the same. I am curious, do you take the crank off every time? or just the handlebar?

  • I just remove the stem (with handlebars attached) and seatpost. Cranks and chainring stay on.

  • @ekudduke Thanks, mate! Your 140mm stem, that is :)

  • Fashion some sprint wheel carriers.


  • :) if you can meet tyre requirements then easiest choice (for me) would be buy a front brake set up.
    Arrive at drome, clean tyres, while they dry off, whip off brake, sort self out, go ride.

    +1 with Skully, you will get quick at fitting and removing a front brake :)
    Was going to post a piccy of wheel carriers but Squaredisk has beaten me to it :)

  • What bike bag is that?

  • I just ride over and clean the tyres/frame but I'm pretty quick

  • I used to ride to HH with spare track drop bars in my bag. Remove the ahead plate of the the stem, remove front brake bolt and then install track drops.

    The reverse operation is even easier: Ride brakeless to the Regent since it is just along the road. Then ride brakeless home from the Regent because beer. Simple.

  • I used to ride to track then either flipping the wheel, swapping it or changing the sprocket. Later I went sold one of my road bikes and bought a car.

  • If you have some spare cash you can hire a hook at Lee Valley and store your track bike there. I think it's like £360 a year or something like that.

  • As far as I understand all slots at Lee Valley are already taken for the year, so even if I had the money, I couldn't get one.

  • Shit wheelset, ride over. Unbag good wheels, select cog for work out.

    Reverse journey.

    Dencent wheel bags (with straps and fixtures ) can be found for be found for nowt online.

    Don't waste dope-fly tyres on-road.

  • As a follow up question, anyone got a good idea for getting a pair of rollers to the velodrome by bike?

  • Don't get caught riding brakeless on the road. Fixed gear bikes are very much in the spotlight following the death of that pedestrian a while back when hit by a brakeless bike. I don't want to create a debate on whether it was the fault of the rider or the because the bike was brakeless, suffice to say that you are required by law to run a front brake on a fixed gear bike.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grdRY3ak­_qs

    Have seen someone using these at LVV, while holding onto a railing. Couldn't comment on how useful a warmup they provide though!

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