I'm looking to get into track racing (oh boy, another bike...), and I'd like to keep the dollars low, but if I have to spend a bit more, I will if it's worth it. I see a lot of people in pics at the local track with newer bikes and it seems most of the better people have carbon fiber Zipp wheels... It would be cool if the bike was one that I could also ride on the street without it looking too stealable. My main question is, if I want to do well, do I need a new bike, or can I go with an old one? I saw a Bianchi Pista from the 80s on CL the other day at $400 but I called an hour later and it was already sold!!! Should I keep my eyes out for something like that, or should I buy a new bike, or should I take an old frame and put new stuff on it? BTW, what's the benefit of track ends vs. dropouts? Hell, if the crankset is good, why get a new one? Also, I should mention that I can get good deals from friends at bike shops/sponsors on new parts/bikes.
Using an old track bike or a combination of old and new sounds best to me, because then I might be able to ride it around without fearing theft too much, but then I don't know if it'll be fast.
Any tips are always good. Thakns!