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It seems to me that most track bikes I see have only one gear ratio. For some events I can imagine that having multiple gears would simply be added weight and drag, but on other events, like the short sprints, it seems like a couple of different gears would be of benefit.

Are multiple gears allowed on track cycling bicycles? If so, why are they not used?

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Track bicycles are not permitted to have multiple gears under UCI regulations.

From their document General Organisation of Cycling as a Sport, in Chapter III Equipment, part 1.3.025:

Freewheels, multiple gears and brakes are not permitted for use on the track during competition or training.

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