Looking to build a new bike, most likely an aluminum frame similar to a Dolan Pre Cursa. I plan on racing the bike at the velodrome, as well as doing alley cats, urban crits, and other races on it.
The catch is, I'd also like to use the bike for longer rides. As some of you in NY know, there are a few track bike clubs (NNR, Track or Die, etc) who regularly do long rides together on track bikes anywhere from 50 to 100 miles long, and I'd want to be riding this bike on those trips as well.
Do you think a steel frame with road geo like a Surly Steamroller might be a better fit than a more race-oriented track bike like a Langster or Pre Cursa? How much would a more comfortable bike affect speed in races? My budget for the build is around $1,200.
EDIT: I'll probably also use this bike for my commute to work ~12 miles round trip 4x/week.