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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 03-18-09, 08:48 AM   #1
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Any advice on the Felt Brougham

I'm finally going to dump the 20-year-old beater I've been commuting on for the past five years. I'm up for spending $500 to $600 for a single-speed commuter. The guy at the bike store recommended the Brougham. Keep in mind, I don't know **** about bikes--but I ride year-round, so I want a bike to be fast, dependable, etc. What's the best value at that price point? Thanks for any help!
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Old 03-18-09, 10:13 AM   #2
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How can you ride year around for 5 years and not know $hit about bikes?
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If you're going to go Felt and it's in your budget go with the Dispatch, way nicer bike and has appointments for a rack and fenders.

If it's out of your budget and you can pull the parts off your current bike, get the Gridloc frame. It's the same frameset as the Dispatch.

I like Felt, but the Brougham just seems like some prebuilt tarck crap.
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I know it's not rocket science, but I've never been all that mechanically inclined. That, and I only have room in my brain to fixate on so many things. Don't get me wrong, I can change a flat. I just don't know how to gauge whether a given bike is going to be *appreciably* more pleasurable/hassle-free/fast than my current ride. Is that so wrong?
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Sorry if I came off a bit douchy but I guess my point was that you are probably underestimating your knowledge. Sounds like some good advise above about the dispatch.
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No apology necessary! I am a little ashamed of how little I've picked over the years. I know I'm not getting as much out of riding as I should/could, and that's why I'm looking to upgrade. I just want to make sure if I do go out and drop $600, that I'm actually going to get a lot more out of my bike than by just sticking with ol' faithful. I know the Kilo TT would be wildly inadequate for most people on this forum, but for $400 do you get $400 worth of bike?

Thanks to those who offered advice above.
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You might want to mention how far you generally ride, what size tires you run, and whether you want to be able to mount fenders or a rack. The Kilo is generally considered more tracky in terms of geometry and ride, so depending on your answers to the above questions, it probably wouldn't be your best bet. I've seen a lot of people bashing Felt bikes, but I've never ridden one, so I won't comment.

My single speed commuter is an IRO Rob Roy, which has been discontinued, but it's a cyclocross-style frame, more along the lines of the Bianchi San Jose. The IRO Mark V is a great suggestion also.
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