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Old 03-13-13, 10:00 AM   #1
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Do I need to change my Crank & BB ?

Last year was my first on the track at Kissena 400m outdoors.
Purchased a Felt TK3 which did the job and I wanted to change things up a bit this season.

I road stock parts all season as I listened and learned a few things and in my case how to ride a fixed gear, ride track and learn race tactics.

The Felt comes stock with 3/32 chain and 48 x 15, so over the season I acquired some 1/8 chainrings, cogs, chain and tools to make my life easier
and prevent any chain issues as I am 215, but look closer to 190.

The crank is an aluminum Felt something or other and is 170mm with their Felt BB.

So my question is do I need or should I swap the 170 to a 165-167? I would not know if I needed any change but I need to work on my explosiveness out of the gate.
On the road I would not call myself a gear masher but I climb very well for a big guy.
On that point if I do change what would be an affordable good quality crank? I have seen Dura-Ace and Sugino but am unsure if I need them at this point.
My guess is that I will have 10-16 days of racing simply because we race 1 day a week.

Additionally is there a better(?) BB to purchase? I am not aware of anything around other than the standard Shimano SQ BB's .

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Only change your crank and BB if you really need to. Going for a shorter crank will actually make your starts slower in the same gear. You will have less leverage on the cranks. As for crank length, pretty much shorter cranks allow you to spin faster/easier while longer cranks allow you to run a higher gear due to the increased leverage. There are no rules with respect to crank length, it's all about personal preference.

If you're in this for the long haul, changing your cranks could be a good idea. If you upgrade, you might as well shell out and go for a higher end crankset. They're bullet proof and something you could pretty much keep for the rest of your racing life, taking them with you from frame to frame.
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You're still learning and feeling it out. There's no reason to change your crank length right now.

Have fun at Kissena - I miss it there.
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If you're in this for the long haul, changing your cranks could be a good idea. If you upgrade, you might as well shell out and go for a higher end crankset. They're bullet proof and something you could pretty much keep for the rest of your racing life, taking them with you from frame to frame.
Agreed in the investment factor. I always itch for different wheels but have much to do in terms of developing my skillset and explosiveness.
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After you change out all the things for comfort and fit (bars, stem, seat, seatpost, pedals, and shoes), the next best equipment investment is race wheels.
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The good thing is the TK3 came ready to roll and that's what I wanted. The oddest part was the use of 3/32" vs 1/8". Of course I had know idea that there was an option when this came up in a conversation one night. I guess I have time to see how things go.

It's still there and I had a blast last year with everyone there. The only downside is the once a week racing and I think T-Town has played into that a bit.
T-town runs the 123's on Tuesday night and our races are Wednesday night. Of course everyone is not at that level and I guess many Road Racers do the local night scene at Floyd Bennett Field.

On the plus side a new Track Team called Pink Rhino has taken it upon themselves to run a few Men's Clinics which was missing and the CRCA will still run the Women's Clinics as before.

Bottomline is that I am lucky to be close to the track.
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You're still learning and feeling it out. There's no reason to change your crank length right now.

Have fun at Kissena - I miss it there.
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I'm itching for other wheels, but I'm being good and just chilling on that end..for now.
Putting on a Selle San Marco Rolls to replace the saddle from hell. I've had plenty of crappy saddles so for the short time on the track I managed, just barely.

The bike was fitted when I brought another bike into my fitter. So maybe the handlebars could be swapped out.

As I tell my kids "Do you Need it or Do you Want It". If I bought everything I WANTED I would go broke.

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