nice bike carelton. one of the fastest guys at my local tracks rides the new tk2 with the sphynx bars and cometes, its a winning setup.
2011 Langster Chrome, tubing is Reynolds 520. This bike is very responsive, great geometry for racing. (54c)
Nitto bars & stem, dura-ace cranks. Dura-ace high flange hubs & velocity deep v wheels (tubular).
amount of seatpost tells me frame is too small, but seat slid forward tells me frame is too big...i is confused :/
If FordFasterr combined a really long seat post with a really long stem, then maybe it would be safe to assume the frame is too small. But with the relatively short reach, all we can infer from the setup is that he has long legs and a short torso. This bike would be suitable for a person with such dimensions.
The fact that the saddle is tilted down hints at it actually being too high.
Tribute to the squirrel I ran over at last Tuesday's practice. I hope this isn't a common thing that happens at outdoor tracks...
(I don't know what you have already, so forgive me if you have these)
- Chainwhip and lockring tool
- A complete kit of chainrings and cogs
- Aero helmet
- A chain that won't stretch (stretched chains eat up your chainrings and cogs)
- Annual pass to the velodrome
Then the big money stuff:
- Aero front wheel
- Read Disc
Thank you very much for the list, it's very helpful and there are definitely a few thing on it that I still need to get!
Id add a really good 15mm wrench, a good set of allen keys, rollers, and a nice set of spoked wheels to complement your disc/trispoke combo. That is the order of importance on those things. I dont want to try to mix in Carleton's list to try and confuse things more. I bet you can figure it out, and prioritise as you see fit.
And I assume you have a set of drop bars and stem that you like for mass starts. Even if you dont think you will want to do mass starts eventually, they are more track time in a competitive enviroment, so for at least a few seasons Id recomend doing them.
Yes, I have drop bars. I've been trying to work up the nerve to try a mass start. They have some beginner ones around here on Friday's so I'll give that a shot soon I think! I can see how they'd be helpful in the grand scheme of things.
Not a track bike, but I had the same idea for squirrel kills! The problem of squirrels running across the track was greatly diminished when I bought trash cans with lids for the velodrome. Subsequently people destroyed the lids and kicked in the trash cans. Now the squirrels are back with a vengeance because everyone down there is too good to empty the trash.
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My 2009 Cinelli Vigorelli in local velodrome. My first real track drops (Pro Vibe 7S/40 cm), the former bars were 44 cm Nitto Noodles, which I use when I ride this bike on road.
The saddle angle is a result of much fine-tuning
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I *need* that bike.
My Cinelli is ridden regularly in velodrome (although I mainly race only against the clock). It's also used as a road bike, as I live in a flat area, and I don't want to invest my cents to a "proper" one with gears.
Last edited by kyttyra; 07-27-11 at 04:19 PM.
updated a few things on the GT pulse
New post/seat thomson elite/flite max
new bars 39cm b123-aa
and things you can't see
Front hub is now a chris king BMX bolt on hub
and bottom bracket is Chris King now with the new ceramic king bearings!!! So much smooth.
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Just got myself a new Felt TK2, really happy with it so far but will be changing the bars as i dont like them. Possibly going to get Easton delta force carbons