Hi everyone! This is my first post to Bike Forums, and I have a few questions.
After riding fixed in the streets for about a year, I'm excited about getting into track racing this season. I'm riding a KHS Flite100 right now, all stock except for bullhorn bars, fenders, and brake.
My intent, before racing, is to remove the fenders, replace the saddle with a Brooks B17 (breathability/road vibration dampening/cool factor), and swap my bars/brake out with some drops to get it ready for the 'drome. I've actually just ordered the bars and saddle from QBP, and should have them Thursday.
So altogether, I'll be using:
KHS flite, all stock with CroMo Nitto bars
Older Dura Ace look-patent pedals, and new Shimano road shoes
Either a leather hairnet or Giro Monza helmet, whichever will work
Wraparound cycling glasses
So, I'm wondering what I should invest in to get me through the season. Anything that comes to mind.. clothing, bike upgrades, nutrition, basic riding/training advice. I'm not intent on winning any races as of yet. I'm more concerned about getting in shape and growing accustomed to riding Track. I've heard suggestions concerning getting bibs or a skinsuit, but I'm not sure about the suit thing as of yet. I'm spinning nightly, and I also work at a bike shop, so even though money is a concern, I can afford some stuff.
Thanks in advance for all of your help!