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Old 02-16-09, 03:39 AM   #1
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Keirin Bikes

Is it possible to find a Keirin bike for someone over 6 feet? The only bikes I ever find are below 55.
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Old 02-16-09, 10:43 AM   #2
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You can but you'll pay a premium for it.
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Old 02-16-09, 07:15 PM   #3
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Why do you want one so bad? My used Track Pro with good tubulars and Dura Ace cranks, nice saddle, and clipless was less than the price of an NJS frame, and has carried many to nationals.
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Sure. You could order a new frame, just for you. There is an importer (pistoposeur?) offering new Panasonics for about $1000, in whatever size/colour you want. That's really not a bad price, considering. Or buy the cheaper non-NJS Kazane frame.
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Just asking, but when you say "Keirin" bike, do you mean a track bike that is designed specifically for mass-start events or an NJS bike?
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I thought it was fairly clear he meant NJS.

NJS and keirin have been pretty much interchangeable lingo among people riding track bikes on the street for years.
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You can easily order a NJS or Keirin frame in Japan, you just need a little patience, money and somebody who speaks Japanese to place the order. It's not impossible, just a bit complicated.
I ordered a frame from TOEI and it was a very nice experience. Are you looking for any specific brand?
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This is the track subforum, you never know. Someone might have stumbled in from SSFG looking for their next whip.
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The reason that i was asking is because I am looking for a good price on a beginners bike. I don't think that ordering one straight from Japan would be in my budget. I am trying to find a good steel frame, possibly used, for a reasonable price. Any ideas?
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If you're just starting out, ask around at the track, there's nearly always someone who's got a frame, if not a complete bike, they're looking to move.

Additionally, your first few sessions would be well-spent on using the track's loaner bikes. Bring your own pedals and they'll get you all set up. Among the benefits of the rentals:
- you get to dial in your fit without spending any money.
- you get to ride your first couple of sessions on the track without worrying about falling and trashing your bike.
- you get to find out if this is something you really want to do. Track racing, like every other discipline is not for everyone and if you spend the money on a bike, then realize you prefer road or MTB or CX or whatever; or even if you just don't like your local track's community, you won't have wasted your money on a bike you'll never ride.
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Yeah I have been doing the rental thing for the past month and its getting a little tiring. I have to get there early every time to set up a bike with my measurements and peddles. I'm ready for my own bike.
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Well, the Kazane frame is $600, which is not too bad. Or just buy a complete track bike stock and upgrade the parts that need fixing - usually tyres etc...
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