- track bike purchase advice please
I was just thinking of getting rid of my medium Giant Omnium – with Mavic Ellipse, Miche Primato Chainset, D/A sprockets and Deda bar/stem.
MSG me for details if youre interested
I used to ride at Newport and now Ive changed jobs its just not getting used anymore.
/Thread HijackPosted 4 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Evans have some pretty good deals on at the moment:
Make absolutely certain that the bike you’re buying is a proper track racing bike, not some poncy fixie for riding round town. Glasgow should be able to supply you with a spec sheet for track bikes. The spec sheet for Manchester is here:
Dolan are far and away the biggest/most popular track bike brand in the UK and Planet X do some good track bikes too.
Argon18, Moda, Cinelli, Fuji and Felt are the other brands that spring to mind (the Felt bikes are lovely, I looked at getting one for ages but at the time there were none in my size).
And the Velodrome Shop:Posted 4 years ago
is probably worth bookmarking, it’s a track-specialist online bike store.
I have been riding the hire bikes at Glasgow Velodrome since getting accredited earlier this year and reckon I’d like to have my own – will be unlikley to race track league, but weekly drop in rides are good for fitness and fun 🙂
So I have a budget of £700 max and so far looking at Moda Forte/Fresco. The hire bikes are 48/15 so I’d probably be looking for a 48 ring and both 14 and 15 sprockets. Now I have no knowledge of spannering fixies – I guess I need a chain whip (which I have) and some spanners for the bolts – anything else ?
and any deals out there on bikes – I’ve been trawling the net and found a few – looking at full bike, in a 54cm frame
ThanksPosted 4 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Try and go for the Dolan Track Champion:
It’s a significant step up from the PreCursa, feels much better to ride. The PreCursa is designed to be very stable but the downside is that while it’s a great bike for beginners, it’s a very “dead” feeling ride, there’s no snap or jump to the bike at all.Posted 4 years ago
Dolan Pre Cursa has same geometry as my Kona Paddy Wagon. Great road handling (and is sold as the FXE) but as said, a little tame for the track. That being said, I rode the Intermediate track at Herne Hill on my PW. I’d go for the Track Champion for track use only. Moda is also a fine bike and on offer at the moment in your budget.
You’ll need a lockring spanner as well as a chain whip. A decent 15 mm spanner is needed to tension the chain as well. 48/14 for sprinting.Posted 4 years agonicko74Member
What’s all the hate for poncy fixies for riding to the cafe for a Lartay wearing one’s sister’s pedal pushers?? I’ll have you know pedal pushers fit me very well, and people normally give me admiring glances as I ride by, mouthing “good show old chap” (I can’t hear them because I have my iphone earphones in as I ride)Posted 4 years ago
turbo1397 – I spent ages looking around and bought the Dolan direct from them online. There are good deals on Moda’s in Evans and Billy Bisland at the moment, but you still end up paying £750 for no more bike than the Dolan. The other benefit is you can select whatever changes to the default components you want – I upped the ring from 48 which is on the hire bikes to 49, and it felt a lot less spinny last night. I also went for narrower bars. I stayed with the PreCursa as I know it and am used to it. A mate, who I was with last night, has the next frame up, the Track Champion, but he has ridden both and there’s little if anything in it, other that £150.
I was getting fed up with the Glasgow hire bikes as they are getting pretty tired and clunky. It was like night and day getting on a new one. Also, the hire ones are downspecced on pretty much all the components, to hit a price point, so are more flexy and heavier.
Having compared them in the flesh, I don’t think there is anything sub 1K that is any better than the Dolan, and mine as above came in at £525 all in, deliveredPosted 4 years ago
I take it you knew what size frame, stem length etc you were after ? The whole sprocket, chainring size etc is a bit of a minefield to me to be honest.. I suppose the velo staff where helpful in this respect? P.s- is it yourself that has got something to do with gmbc?Posted 4 years ago
Turbo, yes, I had tried both 54 and 56 hire bikes, with a variety of stems, so had a good idea. I didn’t ask the staff much in way of advice, but have a look on glasgowfixedgear forum, which has a whole section about the velodrome, bikes and track gears.
GMBC, yes that’s me. I have ridden with the club for years and used to be on committee. We’ve got quite a busy velodrome contingent too, with 5 plus in most Friday evenings 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Turbo, come along on at Tue at 7 or a wed at 745, Stewart St car park, milngavie, and see how you like it for a few rides first. If you do you can then join up – good bunch of folk and lots of fun, with local rides, away stuff, velodrome etc, plus discounts etc, along with post rides tea and bike wash at the Hall.Posted 4 years agoOmar LittleMember
Looks good, first one i’ve seen in red.
last time i was at a friday night drop the pace in the string was about 25mph+ for the hour, the D races in the track league are not much faster than that (obviously there are surges faster than this but the races are also only about 20-30 laps) so if you or anyone else in GMBC fancy giving it a go i’d recommend it.Posted 4 years ago
Turbo – yeah, need lights now, dark by 8.
Omar – a few of the club guys are doing track league, however Wednesday is club MTB night, sacrosanct 🙂
The Fri night string is quite fast indeed… I struggled on the hire bike gearing but a bit easier on a 49.
Aye, red seems rare 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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