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Felt Brougham

Old 05-17-09, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by eric716 View Post
Painted the front rim, seat clamp, and stem and no more white tire (that I popped twice) to get rid of some of the gimmicky coloring on my mostly stock felt brougham.
The bars are soma walkers btw...
(going to get some bullhorns and wrap them gray also.
I'd get rid of the white chain. It's looking much better IMHO.
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Old 05-17-09, 04:33 PM
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I was thinking of trying to paint the white spokes, get new pedals, and pretty much get rid of all the white...
at least until I can afford a new wheelset

thanks btw

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Old 05-24-09, 09:59 AM
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Here's updated pictures of what I'm thinking is an 100% improvement on the stock bike.
Origin8 bullhorns/cinelli cushy gel tape.
I painted the front rim, back spokes, seatpost clamp, and stem to get rid of all the white also...

Next would be new pedals, crank, chain.
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Old 05-24-09, 12:19 PM
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i like it stock with risers more than with those bullhorns or the walker bars. and the paint doesn't match and looks terrible.

stock is pretty cool. i'd like to see it with some deda pistas.
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Old 05-24-09, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by cc700 View Post
i like it stock with risers more than with those bullhorns or the walker bars. and the paint doesn't match and looks terrible.

stock is pretty cool. i'd like to see it with some deda pistas.
What paint doesn't match? The grey with black? I thought the stock looked pretty cool until I got it and it looked messy as hell...
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Old 05-25-09, 01:05 PM
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have the chance to pick one of these up for $270. if i do it, i'll probably sell the wheels and get some open sports.
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Old 06-22-09, 07:55 PM
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Complete bike noob here.

Just got this bike. Interested in making it a work in progress and changing some stuff on it. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I had to google a bunch of the abbreviations (i.e. HS and BB) because I don't know them. So anything that will educate me more, any suggestions on what to change. Interested in painting some of the parts any suggestions on the paint to use and what not, any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-06-10, 10:11 PM
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I rode one of these and it was so great that I ordered one. I'm definately changing that ugly saddle, or covering it once I get it. BTW, the saddle has gold rivets EWWWWWW!!

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Old 03-07-10, 01:43 PM
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Well, HS = headset, and BB = bottom bracket

that said... from my experience riding this bike (a friend has one, plus i test rode one at the LBS)
i would say that the wheels and crankset would be the first things i would change on it.
also the handlebars, but i suppose that's more personal taste than quality.
finally, the seat really is feckin ugly dude. the gold rivets are gaudy as hell.
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Old 03-07-10, 05:06 PM
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This thread seems past its prime.
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Old 03-07-10, 05:46 PM
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This is one of the bikes that Felt should not have released. They already have an awesome line of road and track bikes. I guess these "fixies" appeal to the teenage group.
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Old 03-07-10, 07:16 PM
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I really like felt's track bikes and road bikes but their "fixie" bikes are horrid.
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Old 03-08-10, 02:40 PM
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Well, that's up to you, I can't afford $3000 for a bike and I don't need a derailuer to maintain. I don't need over-priced carbon that could snap. It's whatever you like. I rode the thing and loved it.

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Old 03-08-10, 07:37 PM
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Actually I think I might change everything that's white to a mixture of flourescent purple and flourescent green. A neon green front AEROSPOKE and a neon purple back AEROSPOKE. Black bontragers tires front and rear. Paint the chainring neon green. Change to purple felt grips. Buy OR make a purple velvet seat cover. Change the pedals to green. It would then be my favorite color combination NEON GREEN, BLACK AND NEON PURPLE!

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Old 03-08-10, 08:08 PM
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that sounds wicked. post a before/after pic when your finished i have to see this
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Old 03-08-10, 08:30 PM
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i came here because i noticed alot of drama and controvercy over this bike on this forum and i own one now lol. i have a raw steel felt brougham that i bought summer of last year. i kinda like the way it is so i'm afraid to change anything plus riding a fixie is a whole new experience for me. i used to ride junk bikes from flea markets and yard sales so this is a big jump for me. for me, it's perfect it's smooth, fast and easy to ride. i had one flat since i got it and it has hundreds of miles on it i'm sure. that rear inner tube has been the only thing i replaced since i got it and i just got done riding it today
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Old 03-09-10, 07:40 PM
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I test rode one the other day and it seemed solid. I'm thinking about ordering one now
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Old 03-26-10, 12:58 PM
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UPDATE: I've been doing nothing but riding my FB for the past two weeks straight. Had 3 flats on the back tire. I just swapped that infirior white zaffiro (which infact had a rip in the sidewall) for a Maxxis re-fuse. It's heavier, seems to handle pretty good now. When I get enough saved up I'm swapping the front tire as well. I'm swapping the pedals and I think I might need a shorter stem. ANY IDEAS FOR SWAPPING OUT THE ENTIRE DRIVETRAIN? I'm thinking of an XL crankset and cog too. I'm relacing the wheels with Paul XL hubs and rattlecanning the rims electric blue (was going green/purple, but changed my mind after picturing it in my head) and painting white spokes black. I'm taking care of priorities first and changing those crappy pedals the right one bent on the side already, but I don't know what kind of pedals and clips to buy yet either.. IDEAS WELCOME
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Old 03-29-10, 01:20 PM
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my felt brougham
- only thing felt is the frame and fork (craigslist) everything else is the lowest priced item in black I could find 98% blackout
I really like the frame







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Old 03-30-10, 03:29 AM
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my brougham



changed a couple things
rides really well and fast
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Old 04-11-10, 12:29 AM
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I have a Brougham...I, too, was considering the Kilo TT and switching out many parts. I decided on the "Broski" mostly because of the aesthetics and the fact that my budget doesn't call for many upgrades this summer. My only complaint so far about my Brougham is the bottom bracket has "clicked/crackeled" since the day I rode it home. I'm taking it back to the shop tomorrow for that problem though. It has a mid-range BB, so I don't know why it's being a *****, but it is. I switched out the pedals for my BMX platforms, took the brakes off, flipped the stem for a negative rise, and flippled the wheel to ride fixed. other than that, everything is stock. It's not the lightest bike ever, but it'll do for a summer commuter for me.

If you're comparing a Kilo to the Brougham, I'd say the deciding factor should be what you want in the end and what you can afford. I didn't want drop bars, I preferred the look of "deep V" style rims, I like the mis-matched colors, and I knew I'd be riding the bike mostly stock this season regardless of whether I got the Broski or the Kilo. If you've got a little money to put into it and are looking for a different style/color scheme than the Brougham provides then go with the Kilo. It's the bread and butter of budget fixed gear bikes. you can't really go wrong with it. On the other hand, I have only two complaints about my Brougham - the ****ty BB that my particular bike has, and the ****ty stock pedals that come with it. Other than that, I think the Brougham is a sweet little bike for the money.
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Old 04-11-10, 12:56 AM
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bobjim jimmy bob

i usually am not a big fan of all black bikes.. i think its because a lot of times these days i see matte black
instead of a polished black on street fixed gears. for some reason, you bike really clicks, and i
think its the not black chain. it almost takes the attention off of the rest of the bike and puts
it on one of the most prominent and crucial components of the bike (not like every other piece isn't essential,
but aesthetically it's pretty sweet). get black bolts and pedals and you'll have ninja status.

btw, what saddle is that?

edit: much respect for the raiders ht badge.

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Originally Posted by ndmhxc View Post
bobjim jimmy bob

i usually am not a big fan of all black bikes.. i think its because a lot of times these days i see matte black
instead of a polished black on street fixed gears. for some reason, you bike really clicks, and i
think its the not black chain. it almost takes the attention off of the rest of the bike and puts
it on one of the most prominent and crucial components of the bike (not like every other piece isn't essential,
but aesthetically it's pretty sweet). get black bolts and pedals and you'll have ninja status.

btw, what saddle is that?

edit: much respect for the raiders ht badge.
thanks
yeah its another boring 'blackout' but its just the way i wanted it with the silver chain
added a front brake and ran a dummy cable on the right side for symmetry
i did sand prime and paint the chainring
i have some black track bolts and just thought that the silver chain with the silver bolts looked better
i must have took them off and put them back on at least 15 times and the silver bolts won
the pedals are two sided (spd/platform)
i prefer to ride clipless so the other side is just for riding around the neighborhood with the kids


the saddle is a sell san marco ponza island

RAIIIIII-DERRS!
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my felt Brougham, new to this website and single speed biking in general. I upgraded the wheels and added some bullhorns. any suggestions would be welcome!

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