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    Keirin bikes?

    I'm looking for a track bike setup with a $400-$700 frameset and I was considering picking up a keirin bike. This bike would be ridden on the track and the only street use it would see is the ride to the velodrome. I'm looking for something that is primarily going to be raced. Would a keirin bike be a practical option or should I look for something else in this price range?

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    Assuming you mean NJS keirin, there is nothing wrong with that. Just be aware of a few things. The 'keirin' bike doesn't really get you anything outside of Japan except style points maybe. Keirin frames have narrower dropouts which will make wheel choices limited. Since the bike is steel I suppose you could have the dropouts reset but why bother? I'd just look for a used Fuji Track Pro or a Bianchi Pista Concept. It'll be durable for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbayoo View Post
    Assuming you mean NJS keirin, there is nothing wrong with that. Just be aware of a few things. The 'keirin' bike doesn't really get you anything outside of Japan except style points maybe. Keirin frames have narrower dropouts which will make wheel choices limited. Since the bike is steel I suppose you could have the dropouts reset but why bother? I'd just look for a used Fuji Track Pro or a Bianchi Pista Concept. It'll be durable for sure.
    Most Keirin frames are now spaced at either 120mm or 123mm (an extra 3mm for chain tensioners). Only older frames are spaced at 110mm.

    Everything else is pretty spot on.

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    Search for "Keirin" in this forum and enjoy.


    No, seriously. Some damn good keirin threads if you search.
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    Keirin frames are old technology these days. Visit your velodrome and see what others are riding - it aint steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldsprinter View Post
    Keirin frames are old technology these days. Visit your velodrome and see what others are riding - it aint steel.
    Not always true.
    Steel comes in various shapes (aero) and is still preferred by some trackies. Those riding lugged steel keirin bikes are really only doing it for style points, which imho, doesnt help them win races...so why bother?

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    The advantage of steel is you can crash it more before tossing it vs alloy.

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    Would something like an off the peg BJ Vigorelli or used Italian steel for the right price be a more prudent choice or should I just go for alloy?

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    My first track bike was a $200 used steel Gitane...just get on something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbayoo View Post
    My first track bike was a $200 used steel Gitane...just get on something.
    + 1000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbayoo View Post
    The advantage of steel is you can crash it more before tossing it vs alloy.
    The last time I looked, steel was an alloy.

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    well, then we need to get an iron bike for all the purists i suppose
    Taras - :noun. 1. Typically an overweight has-been that can sometimes be seen pootling around a velodrome on an old Look KG 233.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    The last time I looked, steel was an alloy.
    last time I looked most reasonable people would've assumed I meant aluminum alloy. Enjoy that bushel of nits you've no doubt picked this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbayoo View Post
    Enjoy that bushel of nits you've no doubt picked this weekend.
    oh come on, it wouldn't be BF without it

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzzwillzzz View Post
    oh come on, it wouldn't be BF without it
    It does make a fine pie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbayoo View Post
    My first track bike was a $200 used steel Gitane...just get on something.
    Mine was a $60 Malvern Star - in winter I put a freewheel and brakes on and it became my road bike. Cheap way to start racing.

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    Any suggestions for finding a 52cm track frame on the cheap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangepaint View Post
    Any suggestions for finding a 52cm track frame on the cheap?
    Yes.

    Also, in a few weeks, their sister site is going to be selling stand-alone Kilo TT frames for $175 shipped. That's definitely the best deal around on a legit track frame.
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