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Track bike specification

  • Track bikes must have a fixed wheel, drop bars*,165mm cranks, and 280mm (11”) bottom bracket height (measured from floor to centre of bottom bracket), no braze ons, and must have track ends.(*Exceptions for Pursuit Efforts or Adaptation for Paracycling)
  • Coaches must advise riders to check their own bikes before taking to the track, including: tyres, chain tension, wheel nuts and cleanliness. If a “fixie” bike is used, that matches the dimensions above, and has braze ons or cast cable or gear stops, the projections must be padded with foam and taped over with insulating tape.
  • Use Continental, Schwalbe, Tufo or Vittoria clinchers or tubulars (black tread only), 21 mm wide or wider.
Recommended clinchers and tubulars
Make Model Width
Conti Sonderklasse 165/175 22mm
Conti Tempo 22mm
Schwalbe Durano Skid 22 and 25mm
Schwalbe Ultremo ZX or DD 22 to 25mm
Tufo Calibra Lite 23mm
Tufo S3 Lite & Elite 21mm
Tufo S33 Pro 21mm
Vittoria Pista EVO CL & CS 22mm
Vittoria Diamante Pro pista 23mm
Vittoria Rubino Pro slick 23mm
Vittoria Zaffiro Pro slick 23mm
  • Tyres must be inflated to 8 bar (119psi), and the pressures, and tyre condition checked regularly. Do not use Michelin tyres or any dual compound tyres or tyres with coloured treads. Other tyres and tubulars may in future be recommended after analysis. Do not use tub tape to fix tubulars to sprint rims – use proprietary rim cement. Manufacturers of deep section carbon rims state that the warranty is invalidated if rim cement is used, so do not these rims and tubulars that are fixed with tub tape.
  • Do not use brand new tyres on the track without first preparing them thus; rub the surface with white vinegar before use. Ride the first three laps on the Cote d’Azure or bottom of track. If the track bike has been ridden externally, then the tyres must be cleaned as above.
  • No spare sprocket on double rear hub.
  • Bar ends must be fitted, and secure in handlebars.
  • No quick release spindles. Wheel spindles should not extend beyond the track nuts, front and rear, and should be sawn off flush with the nut, and filed smooth.
  • Recommended gears for novices, and all riders on taster sessions - 84” gear adults, 74” for 9 -12 year olds.
  • The gearing on Velodrome hire bikes range from 74.3” (44 x 16) to 84.4” (50 x 16).
  • Gearing for all endurance SQT’s, including Madison and Derny, shall be restricted to 88” at most. It does not apply to Sprint or Sprint/Keirin SQT’s. However, youth accredited riders should ride a gear as per the relevant Youth category gearing in BC Technical Regulations, or lower – see table.



Chain ring/sprocket teeth



Under 16


48 x 15



Under 14


48 x 16



Under 12


48 x 17



Under 10


48 x 19



Under 8


Not old enough for Manchester Velodrome!

  • Riders must not carry any object or device on them or on their bike that could drop onto the track. Riders may not wear or use on the track any music player, recorder, or radio communication system. Neither may riders use video recording equipment on their person, on their bike, or fixed to any of the permiter railings. 
  • Any electronic device with display (for instance speedometer or power meter) must be attached securely, and positioned so that it cannot be read by the rider whilst in motion.

Last updated March 2019