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View Poll Results: Which type of gear on the Felt Brougham is best?
3-Speed 4 100.00%
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Old 02-25-12, 01:52 AM   #1
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Felt Brougham - Fixed or 3-Speed?

Hi guys! I'm new here to this forum! This past Thursday, I went to the Bike Lane, just up the street from where I live and test rode a Felt Brougham with the Fixed Gears. Today, I did some research and discovered that it also comes in a 3 speed gear thing. I didn't have any problems going up the small hills at all. And I didn't get to ride up a steep hill yet. But I'd like to get some thoughts and experience about the model and pinpoint which one I should go for. The fixed gears or the 3 speed? I rarely change gears on my Eddie Bauer EBS 7 speed and just leave it at 2nd gear. The hills aren't too bad on 2nd gear unless if you have it between the 4th and 7th gear.

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Old 02-25-12, 07:28 AM   #2
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Mercier from www.bikesdirect.com has a fg/3 sp hub combo. That would solve your dilema. The stock's pretty low...you may want to contact them via their customer service # if you're interested. The hub is a Sturmey-Archer w/a bar-end shifter.
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Old 02-25-12, 04:02 PM   #3
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Where do I find the hub combo at on the bikesdirect website?
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IMO fixed would not be an ideal choice for general use.
If you already have a 7 speed and are looking for simplicity, why not look for a single speed (with a freewheel, not fixed)? SS bikes are dead simple, fun to ride, and very practical if you do not have big hills (some hills are fine on a SS).

The brougham looks like a "sporty" city bike - sort of an "urban fixie"-inspired ride.

Reston is not far from DC, so you should have A TON of options not far away. Performance has a shop near you and they are having a big sale right now, so it might be worth checking out.
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Felt Brougham - Single-Speed or 3-Speed?

Yea I'm thinkin' about doin' the single speed one. That was what I actually meant and not fixed gears. I'm not that far from Reston Town Center and Performance Bikes where I'm located. I just didn't get to see how it does on big hills, but its fairly easy on the small hills. I might go ride it again and see how it does on the big hills. Now how good is the 3-speed version?
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Old 02-26-12, 01:38 AM   #6
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3 speed , get the gearing right for the top cog, S3x will even
take a screw on freewheel you should know..
its the lower 3/5ths of a 5 speed ,So you could just fit a freewheel 5 speed hub.
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