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Old 05-17-11, 06:45 PM   #1
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Buying/building SS...what option to pick?!

Hey guys,
I am planning on getting a single speed and I need your help picking which bike to go with!

I just got a job at my local bike shop so I am able to get discounted prices on bikes and parts. I have 3 frames/bikes I am picking from.

1. Felt Brougham in black. I want to swap out the handlebars for bullhorn style ones and if I go with this bike I plan on buying spokes, rim, and tires to build my own. My gut is to go with this. I really want a black bike for some reason but the raw color is also slick looking.

2. Felt Brougham 3-speed. The only reason why I would get this is because it has a 3-speed but doesn’t that take away the purpose of the SS? I love the color on this though.
Same as above switch the handlebars.. Are these wheels good?

3. Build a 100% custom bike. I already talked with a mechanic who I work with and he went through our ordering catalogue with me to find all the parts I need. If I got with this I would get the a Pake ( but I know this frame is not as good as the Felt ones. I am planning on bringing this up to school so the parts would not be too expensive incase some jerk messed it up or whatever. Another benefit about building 100% custom is I will get to build it and learn more but I guess I will still have to put together option 1 and 2 also with my co-worker.

What do you guys think/give me more bang for my buck? In total each bike will be in the 500 range so not too bad to spend on my first single speed.
Also, what do you guys think of velocity rims?


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Old 05-17-11, 08:54 PM   #2
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Sup sqrl.

Seriously though, in my opinion, if you can build your own in the 500 dollar range, I say go for it. That way you can get what you want in components and you can learn while your at it. I'm no expert, though.
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Don't know much about the Felts, but I don't think you'll build up the Pake for less than $800 -- and I say build up the Pake
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