New to track riding...bike suggestions

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New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby AP81 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:09 pm

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone has any advice on what bikes I should be looking at in the $500 range. I'm new to track (have ridden velodrome a couple of times), but not new to riding. Don't want to invest too much for an initial bike.

The Fuji Classic looks good, and some second hand bikes (Felt TK2, Trek T1) seem to crop up a bit on ebay. Also would consider building my own (VISP,fresco).

Thanks.
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby brawlo » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:50 pm

At that price, definitely second hand. You should get some significantly better bits than new if you do your homework.
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby dayne » Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:19 pm

The fuji is the only bike worth touching under $900 new,
The classic or the feather a great value for money.
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby .isaac. » Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:17 pm

The Avanti Pista is commonly around 650 new. I can vouch for these it was first and present track bike and it's all I could ask for at the moment. Although it is significantly heavier than a lot it still does the trick. I hate to tell you this but in my opinion you're not going to find any decent track bikes for 500 at the moment, especially the one's you mentioned. Are you with a cycling club? Have you ridden a track bike on a velodrome before? I'd recommend giving it a while to sink in and race and train on one of you're cycling club's bikes or rentals before you make a purchase. The other thing is don't buy a VISP.
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby MDL » Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:16 pm

sorry for nicking the thread -

http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /100103964

What's your thoughts? I ride a 58cm road normally


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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby .isaac. » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:56 pm

MDL wrote:sorry for nicking the thread -

http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /100103964

What's your thoughts? I ride a 58cm road normally


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I've been talking to my mate who had a hill brick. He said that what your really paying for in a hill brick is the stiffness, not the lightness. It is also recommended that you choose a frame size that's one centimeter below what you ride in a road bike but I'm pretty sure it'd fit. Maybe just a shorter stem? I'd say it's a good deal for an entry level track bike.
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby DavidI » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:35 am

.isaac. wrote:..... He said that what your really paying for in a hill brick is the stiffness, not the lightness...

You could say that about any track frame really - even the full carbon BT frames used by national level riders are built for stiffness and aerodynamics, weight is a very low priority for a track bike.
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby AP81 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:08 pm

.isaac. wrote:The Avanti Pista is commonly around 650 new. I can vouch for these it was first and present track bike and it's all I could ask for at the moment. Although it is significantly heavier than a lot it still does the trick. I hate to tell you this but in my opinion you're not going to find any decent track bikes for 500 at the moment, especially the one's you mentioned. Are you with a cycling club? Have you ridden a track bike on a velodrome before? I'd recommend giving it a while to sink in and race and train on one of you're cycling club's bikes or rentals before you make a purchase. The other thing is don't buy a VISP.


Ridden on a concrete velodrome, but not on a proper track bike. Looking at joining a cycling club and going to an open day soon. I've been looking at the Avanti Pista, and would spend the $650. I'll probably wait until I ride a couple of times on a loaner bike before committing to anything.

This was the other frame I was contemplating getting (http://www.red2bicycle.com/products/2012-nexus-fresco-aero-alumium-frame-aero-ally-fork-build-combo-free-shipping.html). However, by the time I've bought wheels, chainset, headset, bars, etc, I reckon it would come close to the $600 mark anyway.

Thanks for your help.
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby scotto » Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:03 pm

this is for sale $350 ono
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new 3T stem 120mm
new chainset and chain - 48-14 165mm cranks
lightweight vittoria tyres - ultraspeed, track only tyres .(tyres and wheels <100km use)

great learners track bike. got me 2nd place in c grade summer series at Dunc Gray. just a tad too small, though my pro-lite replacement feels a little lethargic at the moment...i guess RAW is coming and time will tell...
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby .isaac. » Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:53 am

AP81 wrote:
.isaac. wrote:The Avanti Pista is commonly around 650 new. I can vouch for these it was first and present track bike and it's all I could ask for at the moment. Although it is significantly heavier than a lot it still does the trick. I hate to tell you this but in my opinion you're not going to find any decent track bikes for 500 at the moment, especially the one's you mentioned. Are you with a cycling club? Have you ridden a track bike on a velodrome before? I'd recommend giving it a while to sink in and race and train on one of you're cycling club's bikes or rentals before you make a purchase. The other thing is don't buy a VISP.


Ridden on a concrete velodrome, but not on a proper track bike. Looking at joining a cycling club and going to an open day soon. I've been looking at the Avanti Pista, and would spend the $650. I'll probably wait until I ride a couple of times on a loaner bike before committing to anything.

This was the other frame I was contemplating getting (http://www.red2bicycle.com/products/2012-nexus-fresco-aero-alumium-frame-aero-ally-fork-build-combo-free-shipping.html). However, by the time I've bought wheels, chainset, headset, bars, etc, I reckon it would come close to the $600 mark anyway.

Thanks for your help.

If you haven't had any experience riding a track bike on a velodrome, do that first on a rental and get used to it, don't think about the bike yet. Race, ride, train on it. Think about the bike once you've tried it and you know you like it. I rode my club's steel hillman for about 5 months with shorts, a t shirt and sneakers before I considered getting a track bike of my own and lycra to match (no joke!). So just don't think about the bike until you've experienced it and then you'll know how much time and money you want to put into the sport.
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby jacks1071 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:19 pm

If a Size 54 will suit you this maybe of interest:

http://www.pro-liteoz.com/store/index.p ... oductId=32

Its the last one in stock :-)
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby scotto » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:32 pm

jacks1071 wrote:If a Size 54 will suit you this maybe of interest:

http://www.pro-liteoz.com/store/index.p ... oductId=32

Its the last one in stock :-)


nice bike and great price.
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby .isaac. » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:19 am

scotto wrote:
jacks1071 wrote:If a Size 54 will suit you this maybe of interest:

http://www.pro-liteoz.com/store/index.p ... oductId=32

Its the last one in stock :-)


nice bike and great price.

really? I've heard pro-lite flex like a devil.
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby vander » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:22 pm

.isaac. wrote:
scotto wrote:
jacks1071 wrote:If a Size 54 will suit you this maybe of interest:

http://www.pro-liteoz.com/store/index.p ... oductId=32

Its the last one in stock :-)


nice bike and great price.

really? I've heard pro-lite flex like a devil.


The bike has got me plenty of wins at a pretty good level. Will be testing it out at raw on friday.
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby jacks1071 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:13 pm

.isaac. wrote:
scotto wrote:
jacks1071 wrote:If a Size 54 will suit you this maybe of interest:

http://www.pro-liteoz.com/store/index.p ... oductId=32

Its the last one in stock :-)


nice bike and great price.

really? I've heard pro-lite flex like a devil.


I've sold hundreds of them and never had a complaint or a return, perfect as a club bike right through to state level competition. If you can flex one sufficiently for it to be a problem you should probably be in London right now riding a BT that was custom made just for you :-)
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby .isaac. » Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:36 pm

jacks1071 wrote:I've sold hundreds of them and never had a complaint or a return, perfect as a club bike right through to state level competition. If you can flex one sufficiently for it to be a problem you should probably be in London right now riding a BT that was custom made just for you :-)

Ok. If I ever get the chance I'll ride one and base my opinion from my own experience. I don't doubt they may be very reliable and stiff frames but I was only speaking off a secondary source.
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby backofthebunch » Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:40 pm

anyone know of anywhere in VIC selling cheapish 2011 / 2012 fetl tk2...

I saw some in Melb recently (2011 i beleive) but ad is no longer on bikeechange.

can't remember which store.
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Re: New to track riding...bike suggestions

Postby aditwahyu » Tue May 07, 2013 9:23 am

that Visp is great value!
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