I hate to do the whole 'sizing' thing on here, but I don't really have a choice.
I'm looking to get a new bike here. It's going to be a cheap, entry-level bike. I've narrowed down the search to the Mercier Kilo TT and the Windsor Hour (of course... right?). I'm leaning toward the Windsor because I know it's exactly like the Fuji Track, which I understand is a very popular bike. How does the Mercier stack up?
I've taken some measurements of my body and input them into the CompetitiveCyclist.com calculator, but I wasn't 100% sure if the numbers they gave me would work on a Track bike. I figured the numbers were more for a road bike more than a track bike.
I would love to go to my LBS and try a Fuji Track out, but nobody in this town is a dealer... So, I turn to you kind folks.
Now, I know some of you might be saying, "Well, there aren't any velodromes in Las Vegas, so why is he asking here?" Well, I've always been fascinated with track cycling and with some serious talk going on around town about a 'drome coming here, I'm really looking forward to getting into the sport rather than just watching.
If I end up not liking the sport from a racers' point of view, then I will have a nice bike to replace my current commuter with (really heavy, clunky MTN bike). I've been meaning to get something better suited for the road anyway.
My measurements (in inches):
Lower Leg: 22
Sternal Notch: 56
Total Body Height: 69
I don't see how you can go wrong with either model. Last season I watched a Windsor (with pink rims no less!) dissapear in to the distance many times. I've just finished my Kilo, built up from a used frame with mostly used parts of the highest quality my wallet could bear. I figured it would be good enough for a rookie like myself. First night at the velodrome - last week - it performed as well as could be expected with as puny a "motor" as it comes equiped with! I've got a ways to go before I can exceed the limits of the bike...
BTW, you'll enjoy the sport - I guarantee it!
I figured they were on about the same level. I guess I'll just go with the Windsor since is ships a month earlier and it's $50 cheaper. That will give me a few extra bucks for brakes when I'm on the street.
Since this will be my first track/road bike, I'm really nervous about sizing. On Fuji's website they list of some general height ranges for the Track. I'm at the high end of the range for the 54cm and right in the middle of the 56cm. I guess I'll go with the 54cm unless someone thinks a different size will be a better fit...