We are now the proud owner of a tandem, two road bikes, two time trial bikes and now two track bikes. Although one could argue for Cross and Mountain bikes...this is enough.
I think we may have a couple of track riders here and I thought others might find it interesting, so why not post it up.
After riding at the track on borrowed and rented bikes, I purchased a new Planet X Pro Carbon track frame and built it up. The frame is not sold in the US and had to be purchased from the website in Great Britain. It is an all carbon frame, seat post and fork.
I built it up using Sugino 75 cranks and bottom bracket and and a Nitto bar. The wheels are loaners until my LBS gets the set I ordered. I also have Planet X TT track bar. The pedals are D/A. The gearing is 14/15 on the rear (a gear on each side of the axel and you reverse the wheel to change gears) and I have three chain rings 47, 48 and 49 for the front. It is pictured with the 48/15 combination.
There is a lot to like about this frame but a key practical feature is the rear drop out. It is oversized to allow gear changing with fine adjustment screws to center the wheel and set chain tension and is replaceable.
Note the drop in the Nitto track bar. There is about 2 cm more drop in a track bar than a road bar and the shape is different. The bar flares out to make room for your arm so that you an sprint more easily in the drops. Yes, you ride the bike in the drops all the time during efforts and races. One may put one's hands on the top next to the stem. Placing your hands where the hoods are on a road bike is not a good idea because they may slip and you lose control.
The planned race set up is rear disc with a 4 or 5 spoke front wheel. I was set up on the trainer and I will ride it on Saturday at the track.
The frame and aerobars
Completed bike in front of garage door.
Interesting handlebar sticker.