People putting real track bikes (not fixie/single speed road bikes) in street, forest, beach, industrial setting photos. Anyone who actually races on a velodrome understands the sanctity of OCD completely clean tires and bikes. Nothing sexy about thinking of the broken collar bones, slivers (for wood tracks), broken pelvises, serious head injury, or huge raspberries on concrete/asphalt tracks caused by debris put on the track by bikes with dirty wheels (not necessarily in that order of concern). Track bikes are sexy in their own environment, leave it in the velodrome.
NBA legend Bill Walton looking pretty sweet on his track bike in the late 1970’s
This photo reminds me of my old bike shop for two reasons. 1. A smarmy shop employee, who we will call “asshole”, tried to sell NBA MN Timberwolves’ Luc Longley (3” taller than Bill Walton) a 62cm (center to top) road bike that we had “in stock”. I interceded and set up an appointment with Minneapolis, MN custom bike builder Walter Croll. 2. In appreciation for the business we sent Mr. Croll our employees, including myself, wound up getting free, or at cost, custom track frames which we all deployed at the NSC Velodrome. One of the shop employees crashed Mr. Croll in a particularly vicious Unknown Distance sprint finish that resulted in multiple broken bones and thousands of slivers. How’s that for gratitude? (I miraculously bounced off both and finished second.) An aside, I love Bill’s slammed stem! The shorts/socks not so much. “Asshole” didn’t get one of those track frames.