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    Few newbie questions

    I want to buy the Mercier Kilo TT Track Bike and was wondering what size would I be?

    I'm 5'8 and my inseam is 30.I have a couple of friends who are basically the same height and inseam as me but one bought a 53cm and the other bought a 55cm.And another one of my friends is 5'9 with an inseam of 31 and got a 50cm.

    Also what kind of lock should I get for commuting around school? I currently live in the resident halls, so at most I plan on leaving my bike outside 3 hours at one time. On average though my classes are about an hour or so. There are a lot of bikes on campus.

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    If you are only riding around campus, from the resident hall to class, I would consider a much cheaper bike. No lock will be 100%, and bike thefts on campus are frequent. Theives may strip parts, even if the frame is still there. An old Trek mountain bike, for example, would be sturdy, but less attractive to theives, and less tragic for you if it is stolen (maybe $75 or $100 on Craigslist). You can still get the track bike to ride on the weekend, and keep it safe and dry in your room.

    If it's truly a track bike, where the pedals must move as the back wheel moves, it's not appropriate or safe for commuting. A single speed, where you can stop pedalling without launching over the bars, would be o.k., if that's what you want.
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    I agree with the sentiments above that you may want to go for a cheaper bike. However I disagree with regards to fixed commuting- sure it isn't for me, but put some brakes on it and it is perfectly safe.

    In terms of size, there are quite a few things that affect which size to go for, so get down to a shop and try them out. They should be able to help more that we can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daven1986 View Post
    ...I disagree with regards to fixed commuting- sure it isn't for me, but put some brakes on it and it is perfectly safe...
    I knew someone would disagree; that's o.k. I've ridden a track bike at the Velodrome, which is good fun. It might be workable on the open road, too, I guess (I woudn't try). But, on a busy campus, with cars and pedestrians everywhere, is that really safe?

    Perhaps those who ride them more often feel safer than I did. It just seems like an extra distraction and potential cause for trouble. Is there some benefit to being fixxed on this type of commute, that outweighs the risk and hassle? I can't see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chewybrian View Post
    I knew someone would disagree; that's o.k. I've ridden a track bike at the Velodrome, which is good fun. It might be workable on the open road, too, I guess (I woudn't try). But, on a busy campus, with cars and pedestrians everywhere, is that really safe?

    Perhaps those who ride them more often feel safer than I did. It just seems like an extra distraction and potential cause for trouble. Is there some benefit to being fixxed on this type of commute, that outweighs the risk and hassle? I can't see it.
    I agree with you in so far as I wouldn't ride a fixie as I think it would be unsafe for me. However many people ride them safely so...

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    When my daughter goes to college I will only get her a cruiser with a coaster brake. Old and used. If this is for going to classes, I would think that it will be parked outside at nights. This type of bike will be functional and there will be less to steal. Definitely not eye candy. Nothing to lug upstairs.
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    Buy the bike that gets you excited about riding it -- fixed, single speed, internal hub, or derailleur. Whatever.

    That said, get a u-lock unless you don't like your bike. They make them with little mounts you can put on your bike that make them easy to transport.
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    Duplicate, my error.
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