Howdy -- I was out at Kissena the other day, didn't get a chance to talk to you (I was on a Fuji track, riding in the smaller group uptrack from you guys while you were pacelining). Glad you dug it, no reason to be in pain though.
I second the advice...Of course get shorts or bibs, and beyond that I'd say you should leave as much as you can the same between your road (or fixed-street bike) position and your track position; some people like to be rotated a tad forward -- seat a cm forward, bars a cm down), but many, many others set things up identically; so far as I can figure out (does anybody have a better explanation) the downward-angled stem is a relic from the days when people were riding much bigger frame sizes for a given height. These days the only time you really NEED a downward angled stem is if you're putting a bike into double duty as a pursuit/TT bike and absolutely have to get your position lower on the tops for aerodynamic reasons. Otherwise keep your level or slightly rising stem and just swap the bars.
And don't tilt down the saddle; that's only useful if you have some kind of lower back injury you have to compensate for, otherwise it'll just make your hands hurt as much as your rear.
And leave the Brooks on there -- no reason not to go with whatever works for you. I have a San Marco Regal on every bike I own, no matter what its purpose is, for instance.
Last edited by popdelusions; 05-08-06 at 05:36 PM.