Track chainset for noobies
Hi all. My first ever post on this forum...
Pointless announcements aside, I'm joining this forum as I'm getting into track cycling. I've just moved to a 5 minute drive away from the local velodrome so I thought I'd give it a proper go. My plan is to use the track over winter for shorter sprint work and time trial tests as part of road cycling, then as the race season opens in May or so join the beginners league. It's on a weekday night and saves time on the weekend for the family.
Last week I bought a used Felt TK2 which should be ample unless I ever find I am the Son of Quadzilla (doubtful, tbh). It doesn't come with cranks, though, and now I have the thorny issue of trying to work out what crank length/ chain ring size to buy. I've looked on fleabay and have been surprised how much real track cranks are. Getting over my sticker shock, I am now looking at around $200 - $250 for new Miche Advanced/ Sram Omnium or used Sugino 75/ Dura Ace.
Am I missing a trick, is there a cheaper 144 bcd option? If I'm not, which route would I be better off going down?