Newport Velodrome Hire Bikes

by Raleigh   October 23, 2012  

Does anybody know what these are?

Is it really true that you're not allowed to change the pedals?

Ta

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They're steel pinarellos. and you're not allowed to change the pedals, no. Look Deltas. cleats available at the velodrome, normally

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7317 posts]
23rd October 2012 - 18:05

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bring some decent gloves because the bars are minimally padded at best Thinking

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7317 posts]
23rd October 2012 - 18:06

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Cleats available? Can I just put them on my shoes?

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
23rd October 2012 - 18:15

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you have to pay cash money for them, i think they're a tenner. best to check they have 'em though

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7317 posts]
23rd October 2012 - 18:24

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And bring cycling glasses with clear lenses. Spinning around in circles really dries the eyes.

Pepita rides again!

posted by pepita1 [175 posts]
23rd October 2012 - 18:26

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Shall I just buy some? (cleats)

Thanks Pepita, I'll remember to take my clear lenses.

Errm, anything else I should know?

Thinking about going the night before (from London) and staying somehwere near, anywhere recommended?

Is there anywhere good to ride on road?

Cheers

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
23rd October 2012 - 18:29

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yeah, just buy some cleats. ribble have them for £8 or so

the brecons and the forest of dean (and the bit in between) are chock full of lovely road rides. abergavenny's a good base.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7317 posts]
23rd October 2012 - 18:36

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Cheers Dave, thanks for the info!

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
23rd October 2012 - 18:56

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Hmm. I think I'm going to take the plunge and get the cleats. The reason I'm going is for selection for a team, so I don't want to be at a disadvantage.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
23rd October 2012 - 19:12

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I believe you can also hire bikes with toe straps, allowing you to use flat-soled trainers, if you don't feel that the cost or hassle of changing cleats would be worth it. As for accommodation, I've stayed at the Labuan Guest House which is about a mile away, on the same side of Newport, and is clean, cheap, and they'll let you put a bike in the shed in their back garden (or they did a couple of years ago the last time I was there.) They do breakfast but not dinner. If you find somewhere decent to eat out in Newport, please do post it here for future reference, and also send it to Ripley's Believe It or Not, although they might not believe you (the tourist board probably don't like it, but this song seems like a fairly fair representation of the town from my visits.)

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
23rd October 2012 - 19:15

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We went last December, the club booked the track for 3 hours with a coach (IIRC it was Garrie Tillett, who was great). The Pinarellos have Look Delta cleats and they will fit toe straps for trainers. No, you can't change the pedals. They also have some Giant models, also with Look Delta cleats.

Bike hire was £7 for Adults and £4 for Juniors. They had at least one 24" wheeled bike for younger children. You won't be allowed to ride without a helmet and mitts. Gloves are not provided so make sure you bring some.

I bought some Delta cleats and fitted them to my road shoes (tricky walking on the polished floor, not as easy as SPD-SLs). TBH if you have trainers or remove the existing cleats from your cycling shoes you'll go just as well using toe clips done up nice and tight - proper trackie retro! Smile

BYI food and energy drinks and yes, you'll surely need them. The vending machine on site is not great but there's a cafe of sorts in the building next door for before/after. The velodrome is not heated so bring something to throw on in between sessions. The changing rooms have showers if you want a proper wash.

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posted by Simon E [1946 posts]
23rd October 2012 - 21:32

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(Yay, Simon E got his 1000th post, join the club)

Thanks, yep, for a few hours I was desperately searching the internet for a track bike... I was going to get a Franco Bianco ANYWAY, but they\re not ready for a couple of weeks.

Yer, I'll just buy some deltas and swap out my SPD-SL's. I'll be adept at cleat switching by the end of the weekend.

I've ridden on track before, at Herne Hill, Welwyn and Meadowbank, the latter is pretty much exactly the same sans roof.

Really looking forward to it, not sure my dad is though (2-3 hour drive). Still, he can walk the dog on the Beacons.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
23rd October 2012 - 23:10

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Raleigh wrote:
(Yay, Simon E got his 1000th post, join the club)

Thanks. 1000 posts, bloody hell that's a lot of typing! I hope some of them have been worth reading. Here goes, 1001 and counting Wink

I'm sure the Pinas are fine. Last time I rode one of the Giants and really liked it, but that would have been in my head and nothing to do with the bike vs the Pinarellos.

The Beacons is a fair way to go just to walk the dog. Wouldn't somewhere on the levels, near Llanwern for instance, be easier?

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posted by Simon E [1946 posts]
24th October 2012 - 14:48

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i'm wondering how long it'll be before someone outstrips me and tony on the comment count. not that long i imagine. gkam's the favourite.

the pinarellos are fine, though they vary. if you get one that feels a bit shonky just ask them to change it, they're pretty laid back

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7317 posts]
24th October 2012 - 14:52

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Dave Atkinson wrote:
i'm wondering how long it'll be before someone outstrips me and tony on the comment count. not that long i imagine. gkam's the favourite.

That's because I never shut up Day Dreaming

Let us know how you get on Raleigh, always fancied a spin on a velodrome, just none around here.

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
24th October 2012 - 15:02

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How far are you from the new one in Glasgow (I know nothing about Scottish geography except that there are a) lots of hills and b) lots of rain clouds)?

I've had a whiz round the one in Manchester and that was pretty fun, I'd certainly recommend it, I even managed to have some fun despite seeing a junior come off around the banking and plummet right through a group of riders in the session before me...

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
24th October 2012 - 15:54

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Everyone on this thread is very well placed in the post count!

Like I said above, its a selection day for a Development team, very nervous!

Hopefully it will be mostly based on the interview and CV, I can spew like noone else.

"Just wanna be a great ambassador for the sport, representing all clean riders my age..."

Oh, and d'you remember when I broke my wrist?

Yeah; Meadowbank...

Some old guy came down at me off the steep bit, his pedal went into my rear wheel and sliced all the spokes.

Sad

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
24th October 2012 - 16:07

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drheaton wrote:
How far are you from the new one in Glasgow (I know nothing about Scottish geography except that there are a) lots of hills and b) lots of rain clouds)?

150 miles from Glasgow. Are you talking about the Chris Hoy one?

Can the public go and use it?

There are lots of hills here, rain clouds are slowly disappearing because we've had our first snow of the year Crying

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
24th October 2012 - 16:25

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My sister went there last December and she had a great time. She told me you couldn’t change pedals, so buy some cheap cleats if you are going. Look Deltas work fine. Remember to bring gloves! I think they aren’t provided by them. Good idea to stay somewhere nearby, because it can get quite tiring cycling on the tracks. My sister wished she had read this thread before going though. There wasn’t much food there and she was starving! I might want to check it out too someday. I’ve just switched to cycling after my last car was sold due to faulty swirl flaps.

Peter Mould - http://www.pmwltd.co.uk

posted by Peter_Mould [17 posts]
28th January 2013 - 9:24

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Gkam yeah all the cyclists in the Glasgow area are riding at the Chris Hoy Velodrome, you have to do a four part accreditation before you're qualified to ride unsupervised. I just did part one and am booked for part two. Pity it's far away from you, but i reckon you couldn't ride it anyway? They don't have trikes...

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posted by Dutchie [52 posts]
28th January 2013 - 22:51

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