a little help with my first track bike purchase please!
hey everyone. in a couple of weeks, ill be buying my first track bike. there are just a few questions i have for those of you who have been riding for a while.
first of all, since it is my first fixed gear bicycle, i was seriously considering getting a brake. is this a good idea? im trying to spend as little money as possible so if im not going to use or like the brake, then i dont want to get it.
also, what is the difference between a drop lever and a cross lever?
i pedal my bike everyday, and use it for most of my commuting. i plan on buying an IRO, is this a good choice? or are there other options out there that would better suit my purpose?
When I first started riding fixed, I ran a front brake (I took it off after a few months). I would recommend it as you need to get used to being able to stop quickly and efficiently using your legs. As for your question regarding cross/drop levers, I would run a cross lever (kinda like a mountain bike lever), a drop lever would be more like a traditional road lever. There are also the bullhorn levers (profile design makes 'em, I know) which mount to the end of bullhorns (instead of an end cap) if you're using them. That, I suppose, is all preference. The IRO is a decent frame, it should do you well, plus it is more fun to build up your own bike instead of buying a pista/fugi/redline/whatever. Have fun!