So I did a couple searches and couldn't find real pertinent information on my specific questions (sorry if any of this is redundant to you veterans!), but I am really interested in getting into track riding and had a few basic questions for anybody who might be able to lend an ear:
1. I've got my sights on a Felt TK3 for my first leap into fixie riding.
Is this a decent bike? From my research, it looks like a good deal for what you get and it'd still serve me well for basic work commuting and practice while I'm out on city streets. Would this bike perform well enough to last me a couple years as a beginner on the track?
-Subquestion: What would you recommend replacing first once the time comes? Wheels come to mind for me, but I really can't find any mid-level track wheels online (They jump from relatively cheap hipster wheelsets like the Weinmanns and the Deep V's and then skyrocket to full carbon wheels). Any recommendations for wheel upgrades?
2. Any clipless pedal recomendations? I figure they're all pretty similar and my Crank Bros' Quattro road pedals will translate decently onto the track. Anything I should consider?
3. What's a good entry level gear ratio/drivetrain setup? I'd like something that would serve me decently well for light commuting, but that would allow me to practice on the track without having to buy a 2nd drivetrain rig to switch out. The TK3 comes stock with 48/15 gearing, but it's a 3/32 setup. Is that bad/will that be a problem? Should I upgrade to a 1/8" drivetrain with some dura ace stuff?
4. Any training/practice tips you can give me outside of the track? I want to get really comfortable on the thing before I head down to Hellyer velodrome in San Jose, Ca. Any simple drills you can recommend?
5. I attempted to build a conversion fixie on the cheap last year and got the thing together (old schwinn frame, IRO drivetrain/cockpit parts, mavic open pro wheels) and ended up crashing the thing because I hadn't tightened the cog (nor lockring) enough and it popped off while I was going down a hill. I want to sell the parts and buy a pre-built bike so I can get a feel for it, but if I am going to be changing out the cog every once in a while depending on my rides, what tool do I need to make the process safe? I have a lockring wrench already but obviously I didn't get it tight enough the last time around =(. Will my generic chain whip work for tightening the cog? Do I even really need a lockring?
Thanks so much in advance if you read this whole thing and can toss some advice my way! I really appreciate it =].