Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Southampton, UK
Bikes: Gazelle Trim Trophy, EG Bates Track Bike, HR Bates Cantiflex bike, Nigel Dean fixed gear conversion, Raleigh Royal, Falcon Westminster.
Low Cost Starting Options
I live near the Calshot track in the UK, and definitely want to give sprinting a shot. I'm concerned though that I'll like it, and then won't be able to afford what I need! What's the most affordable way to start out? I guess the two most obvious options are a Fuji or something of that sort brand new, or looking for an older but higher quality steel framed bike on Ebay. Are there other places I should look for used bikes? Do the tracks have "for sale" boards or the like? Are there track forums where used bikes are up for sale?
I guess the bottom line is, a Fuji is going to cost me £250 or so. Are there other options in that price range that are worthwhile, new or used, or should I treat that as my only option. Also, as a guy who never wears any cycling gear, and uses clips and straps with trainers, what can I expect to need to buy in addition to a bike.