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Old 06-14-23, 04:02 PM
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Newbie in need of help!

Hey guys 👋 new to the forum so be gentle lol.

Had my first track experience today at Lee valley velodrome ( track taster ) and absolutely loved it. Getting back into cycling after about 7 years off a bike so to say I thought i was dying is an understatement lol.

Anyway id like to get my own bike.... A starter bike will do, something just to get me going and cycling regular again. Happy to sell on after I gain some experience, get fitter ect and upgrade. But want something track focused for the velodrome. Can you guys advise me on what bike / bikes I should be looking for please. And also what size ( I'm 5"8 with 32 inch inside leg )

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Pretty much any basic aluminum frame should be fine: Felt, Specialized, Dolan. Fuji all come to mind. As for size, it's not a bad idea to size up from your road bike, though track frames at the entry level tend to mimic road geometries, so it can be a bit of a crap shoot. What size did you ride at LVV?

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Originally Posted by topflightpro
Pretty much any basic aluminum frame should be fine: Felt, Specialized, Dolan. Fuji all come to mind. As for size, it's not a bad idea to size up from your road bike, though track frames at the entry level tend to mimic road geometries, so it can be a bit of a crap shoot. What size did you ride at LVV?

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Thanks for the response!

So they put me on a 58... Which didn't feel overly big but according to his chart I should be on a 55
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If you felt OK on the 58 and had no issues with standover, then that seems like a good option. Or find something in between, like a 56 or 57.
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Thanks for the response!

So they put me on a 58... Which didn't feel overly big but according to his chart I should be on a 55
get yourself on the facebook page "Track cycling Buy, Sell or Swap UK ". Lots of sh kit comes up all the time. if you know you are going to ride mainly endurance then pretty much anything is going to work to start with if its the right size - a 55-58cm second hand dolan pre-cursa will hold pretty much all its value if you give it a whirl and then decide to change. If you are likely to do down the sprint route then be aware that you will probably end up deciding you bought a frame that is too small as everything is stretched out wayyy beyond the sizing charts. (i'm 172cm and wish I got a 59cm df4)
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