AQA - any questions answered - Track Edition

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  • I put some cheap Deda 380mm bars on my track build. Perfect.

  • I did accreditation in Glasgow about 10 years ago. Does that theoretically carry over to Stratford?

    Given it was 10 years ago… should I take it all again/do a refresher?

  • You can ask us for a letter that proves confirms you are accredited, what any other velodrome does with that is upto them.

    In the other direction we’d have someone that was fully accredited at one of the other dromes do an accred 4 or revalidation session.

    Also worth noting, if you haven’t been to a revalidation session at Glasgow since lockdown, you don’t currently have a valid accred 4 sub on your account so I dunno how that’d effect us giving you a confirmation letter.

  • For reasons that escape me, none of the covered velodromes in the UK trust each other's accreditation. I have a current Glasgow accreditation and that will only grant me partial accreditation at London and Manchester (and probably Newport and Derby, I haven't checked), I'd still have to do at least one or two accreditation sessions to get fully accredited there.

    Mind you, if I took out a race licence and entered a race meeting at any of these tracks, I could ride there without going through this. Not that I have any intention (or ability) to race. I just ride the truck for fun.

  • I could tell you why I think it is but doing so might be detrimental to my employment status…

    Does anyone with UKIVA on their bc licence know if they get full access at all of the 4 velodromes that aren’t Glasgow or do you still have to do some sort of accreditation when riding ‘away’?

  • I have the UKIVA on my licence and in London, at least, I think you still have to do the 4th of the 4 accreditation sessions to be fully accredited.

  • You do, and vice versa, someone that got accredited at Lee Valley would have to do acc4 in Glasgow.

    I was wondering if Lee Valley, Manc, Derby and Newport had an agreement between them.

  • What sorts of cross-eyed looks would I get/would it be safe & permissible if i set up my single speed cyclocross bike for use on a track?
    This is its geo:

  • Well, I guess if you converted it to fixed wheel, removed the brakes, levers and any other protruding bits on the frame, and fitted suitable tyres then maybe, just maybe it would pass. Perhaps.

    I think some outdoor tracks, run sessions for road bikes in which case, you could ride it as it is.

  • Not sure if you intend indoor or outdoor use. It's 3mm short in bb clearance for indoor use, but I doubt that'd be spotted by eye.

    TBF if you have the money to ride indoor regularly then you have the money to get a track bike, second hand Dolan would get you going for a few hundred. If you won't be riding regular just borrow a venue bike. No-one will thank you for putting them in hospital because you bodged a cx frame for track use and something goes wrong.

  • 71.5deg headangle would maybe handle poorly? Usual hta is like 73/74deg for track.

    You'd need to pad and cover brake posts and brazeons so you'd probably end up riding something that looked like a mishapen parsnip.

  • It's 3mm short in bb clearance for indoor use, but I doubt that'd be spotted by eye.

    This is true, but the parsnip brazeons and slack hta are gonna guarantee the bike gets a lot of attention.

  • extremely valid points. thanks for the input.
    i'll keep the parsnip on the road then.

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AQA - any questions answered - Track Edition

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