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Old 07-09-13, 01:38 PM
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Felt Cafe 3

Hi guys,

I desperately need your expertise as I, sadly, am entirely new as you know and am reading a lot of jargon that goes over my head. I previously was debating between the Bobbin and Felt, and my choice was made for me when the Bobbin seller let it go to someone else without giving me a chance to outbid. Cue an hour of mourning. Anyway, the Felt Cafe 3 is next on my list and would come from an actual store with a warranty. Budget is a big thing for me as I need to get the helmet, lock, front light, and a rear rack. I'd really like to stay below $450 for the bike if I can. I don't ride much, just to get a few groceries. I live in Toronto which does have some hills. I've spoken to a few riders in the area and opinions vary. Some say three speed is just fine (Linus rider) and another says 3 speed isn't enough (built her own bike from scraps). Sadly I can't figure this out for myself as the stores are all downtown where it's very flat.

Anyway! I found this thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-628174.html which scared me. I see the cogs are not sufficient. However, that's two years older than the 2012 model I'm looking at: http://cyclemotive.com/product/12fel...3-148078-1.htm So it goes from 16T to 18T.

What do you think? I'd rather not go through the heartache of classifieds again (too competitive and potentially neglected bikes which I'm not knowledgeable enough to spot). But I also don't want to go back to my Canadian Tire SuperCycle. A little bit of quality would be nice, hence looking at the well reputed Felt. Canada seems to have terrible selection as I see in the States you can get the 8 speed for only $50 more. Arg!

What say you?
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You can always change the external cog size , even to a 22t, given the same 3 spline cog standard
is shared with Sturmey 3 speeds . to make those 3 ratios useful.

42:18 is 2,33:1 put a 21t on there then the middle gear will be 2:1 ..

then you still have the option of putting another single cog crankset on there , replacable chainring type.

a 110 bcd will let you go down to a 34t.


Ask at the Dealer .. they may do this for you, and discount some
as they can resell the new take off parts, later.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
You can always change the external cog size , even to a 22t, given the same 3 spline cog standard
is shared with Sturmey 3 speeds . to make those 3 ratios useful.

42:18 is 2,33:1 put a 21t on there then the middle gear will be 2:1 ..

then you still have the option of putting another single cog crankset on there , replacable chainring type.

a 110 bcd will let you go down to a 34t.


Ask at the Dealer .. they may do this for you, and discount some
as they can resell the new take off parts, later.
Thank you so much! Most of that went over my head but I wrote it down to ask them when they open again tomorrow.

As a side note... http://www.brodiebikes.com/2013/bikes/metier.php <- For $480 that doesn't seem too bad. I mean, in my layman's perspective. It's on the other side of the country and all but worth a shipping quote.
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To simplify, just because a bike ships from the factory with a parts pick series of choices,
bike shops have the point-of-sale, and thereafter, service option of changing them for the customer.
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Wow. You were right. They said to switch out the external cog would be $10 (for labour). He also spoke about a mile a minute and said something about switching the 17 down to the 16. I have NO idea what he was talking about and the poor phone connection wasn't helping. But that's something.

They have the 24 speed on sale for $600 as well. http://www.feltbicycles.com/Canada/2...xe-Womens.aspx

Also, side note, I called someone in another province that completely put me off the Bobbin saying they had a ton of problems with gear shifting damaging the hubs. No wonder they're gone!

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I've never heard of the Flying Pigeon but all this for $450 seems rather reasonable. http://theflyingpigeon.com/tradbike Free delivery too. Weird. Suspicious even.

Edit: Never mind, searched within the forum.

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China's version of India's replica of Victorian English bikes .
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Okay so on the rear...they have a 16T which they seem to feel is ample. They said they would switch it to 18T if I really wanted but they thought I should take it home first before spending the $10. I've paid for the bike, just haven't brought it home yet. Not too sure what's best.
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Purchased. I bought it with a 19T rear cog apparently. The rear brake is pretty freaking weird but I'll get used to it I think.
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