Putting aside personal preference and minor technical details, what is the best way to determine what is the ideal rake for a beginning track rider who also needs to ride to the track. This means I'll need a brake hole on the fork.
The stock geometry on my frame is a 74° headtube with a 30mm raked fork for 6.8cm of trail. That seems like an awful lot. I found 5.5cm was ideal for a nimble road bike. So I decided to try a 43mm raked fork. Since I am new to this, but have ridden crits for a while, I have no idea which events I will be doing, but probably not sprints. I was hoping someone could help me determine a good starting point, or if a road fork will be too squirrely. Again, I need a front brake to ride the bike to an outdoor track, which is not heavily banked.
I was also thinking of getting a 25mm raked track fork to bring with me in case I need it, as I found one I like in that size, but no brake hole. But then again 2cm of difference is a lot, tho it's closer to the stock 30mm. Advice is appreciated.