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    Brought a Felt Verza Regency home last Saturday...

    While doing some surfing about a week ago, I came across this Felt. It caught my eye quick, as I'm a fan of, and own a few, vintage 3-speeds,. I've got a Raleigh Sports and a 3-speed Sprite to here, and was interested in finding a Tourist. Thanks to Google's ad placing, I found an LBS had some on clearance for $435. It looked to be an honest effort to make a modern day Tourist, especially with it's geometry. the CrMo main frame and fork, 700C aluminum rims, and Nexus 3 on the grip It weighed 34. 9 at the shop.

    I took it for a long test ride on the big parking lot at the shop and pulled the trigger, I tried another ride around town here the next day, but the falling temps and stiff wind were brutal- so that ioe was short. Therefore, I don't have much time on it. It's got a great ride- smooth and comfy. The Nexus "snicks"- smoother than the old SA's. I'm liking the coaster brake too A lot of Tourists get one as a retrofit). It's modern, yet simple.

    Very glad I snagged it!!!

    I haven't checked the serial yet. I'm not sure if it's a 2012 or a 2013- the only model years these were made. The 2012 has a front caliper brake listed in the specs. Yet the reviews of the '12 show examples without one- so I'm not sure if the brake was ever fitted. Both list a bell, but mine doesn't have one- with a list price of $699 for the '12 and $719 for the '13 I'll ask about it when I go back for a fitting (no time on Saturday)- but I won't gripe too much about it.

    Verza Regency Men's - Felt Bicycles

    Verza Regency Men's - Felt Bicycles

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    Looks like a nice find!

    Do you think it needs a front brake? Years ago, my "campus bike" was coaster-only, until I had to stop on a steep downgrade heading into busy traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
    Looks like a nice find!

    Do you think it needs a front brake? Years ago, my "campus bike" was coaster-only, until I had to stop on a steep downgrade heading into busy traffic.
    Well thank you! I wonder did the chain break, or the hub go?

    I would have never worried about it, I rode for years on coaster brakes as a kid with no problems, Then I read Sheldon Brown's piece on coasters. Nonetheless, I don't have any plans to add a front brake. The Nexus a has good reputation for being tough and reliable. I've bought the bike new, so there's no concerns on the condition of any components. I also like the simplicity- including the aesthetic aspect- of just one cable.
    Be seeing you,
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    Fenders+Rack+Saddle Bag+Price=Nice Put-Puter Bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number_6 View Post
    Well thank you! I wonder did the chain break, or the hub go?

    I would have never worried about it, I rode for years on coaster brakes as a kid with no problems, Then I read Sheldon Brown's piece on coasters. Nonetheless, I don't have any plans to add a front brake. The Nexus a has good reputation for being tough and reliable. I've bought the bike new, so there's no concerns on the condition of any components. I also like the simplicity- including the aesthetic aspect- of just one cable.
    In my case, the rear brake, a Bendix, was fine. But it was steep enough that most of my weight was on the front wheel, and my rear wheel just skidded. Fortunately, I steered out of danger. I also experienced the brake fading on a long downgrade, i.e., due to the oil film boiling away. That was manageable since it was a constant of my daily commute, so I changed my braking habits.

    But I certainly liked the simplicity and aesthetics of the bike better without the brake.

    Later on I switched to a 3 speed coaster that would manage to seize completely (as in, carry the bike home) upon hard braking. But then I liked the 3 speeds enough that I switched to 3 speed freewheel with front and rear caliper brakes -- my present day configuration.

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    I admit the price looks high to me, it's a very simple bike. But it does have some nice accessories.
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    Thanks for the Kudos!

    I thought it was quite a bargain with a CrMo main frame and fork. Sure I could have had a BD Windsor3-speed for $400, but it wouldn't have the Tourist geometry or style. Or I could have spent near or over four figures on something like a Shinola (which I really like). I'll admit the original list prices would have given me pause, yet I might have purchased it anyway The Felt is a groove...
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