track-bike

Noun

A bicycle designed for use on a velodrome track.

Example usage: 'I'm going to take my trackbike out for a spin around the velodrome.'

Most used in: Cycling events on velodrome tracks.

Most used by: Cycle racers and track cyclists.

Popularity: 8

Comedy Value: 4

Also see: Fixie, Fixed-gear, Single-speed, Track Bicycle,

What is a Trackbike?

A trackbike is a type of bicycle designed for track cycling. It is a single-speed bike with no brakes, and the rider must slow down or stop by pedalling backward. Trackbikes are designed for use on a velodrome, which is an oval track with steeply banked curves.

Trackbikes are typically lightweight and aerodynamic, which makes them faster than traditional road bikes. They also have a higher bottom bracket to give the rider more clearance when turning the tight corners of a velodrome. The frame is typically made of steel or aluminum, and the wheels are usually made of carbon fiber.

Trackbikes are used for sprints, pursuits, and other track events. According to the International Cycling Union, track racing is one of the most popular forms of cycling, with an estimated 1.2 million participants worldwide.

Trackbikes are not suitable for everyday use, but they can be a lot of fun for experienced cyclists looking for a challenge. If you’re interested in trying your hand at track cycling, make sure to check out your local velodrome.

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Where did the Term 'Trackbike' Come From?

The term 'trackbike' is used to refer to a bicycle or tricycle designed for use on a velodrome track. It is believed the term was first used in the late 19th century to describe the lightweight, single-speed bikes used in competitive cycling events. It is thought the term originated in Europe, particularly in the UK and France.

The original trackbikes were made of steel and featured no brakes, allowing the rider to coast around the track. Over the years, trackbikes have evolved to include modern materials such as aluminum and carbon fiber. They also now come with brakes and other features such as adjustable handlebars, allowing riders to customize their bike to suit their needs.

Today, trackbikes are used in competitive cycling events around the world, from the Olympic Games to local races. The term 'trackbike' is now widely recognized, and is used by cyclists and cycling enthusiasts to refer to any bicycle or tricycle designed for use on a velodrome track.

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