For Paul Bouganim, six years on a track bike resulted in surgery to remove the bursa, or fluid sac, from between the bones in his right knee. His leg bandaged, he walks with a pronounced limp.
“These bikes ruin your knees,” he said.
Asked why he continues on his track bike, the 27-year-old responds: “I’m stupid.” Then he fingers a 3-inch scar and winces. “It hurts really bad today. With a geared bike, I could ease through the pain. But I’m stubborn.”