Felt

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  1. toro1978

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    I have another set of moto-bars in chrome, but with me residing in Europe I am afraid the shipping cost would drive the final price way too high to be worth it.
    I ordered a 6" crank (plus 1/2 to 9/16 pedal adapters so I can use euro pedals).
    I have a friend visiting and we took the electric Felt and the Haribo for a ride. He is taller and didn't like the slammed seat on the Haribo, it was a torment for him, so I let him ride the black one and I rode the Haribo. I am 174cm and even for mr it was a bit too low. So the shorter crank will give me some more leg room. He enjoyed riding the black bike, although he actually rides motorbikes.
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  2. toro1978

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    My pedals arrived, Aaron Urban:
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  3. toro1978

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    The weather is bad (winter is cOming) and it rained heavily but today it finally got better so I took the bike for a spin.
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    So for starters I am still brainstorming on the handlebars, these do not convince me. I should mount the moto bars again. The shorter cranks did not feel good. I installed the longer set as soon as I got back home.
    I am considering switching to 3 piece cranks - is there a set I can directly install without changing the BB cups? Would there be a chainstay clearance issue? Anyone done this on a Felt (standart crankarm length 170mm)?
    Apart from that I got some used headlight brackets from a Honda and a cheap plastic headlight (not connected yet) which must be weathered a bit (the grill is plastic and looks it):
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    I also scored a Brooks B190 on ebay - allegedly only once mounted, looks and feels brand new. Got it for 93 bucks shipped, also my new seat mount setup :
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    The headlight is way too high, I feel...
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    And I might change the tires - I have a "Brick" combo lying around.
     
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  4. MattiThundrrr

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    I agree: Moto bars look better with the headlight. And the light looked better at the height it was at for the last set of pictures
     
  5. toro1978

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    Not an update on the Felt, but as I went for groceries today I saw this and wanted to share :
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  6. MattiThundrrr

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    Which is dummer, riding a scooter, or leaving it "locked" up like that?
     
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  7. toro1978

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    I changed the tires, I wanted them to have the same profile. Too bad berm masters 26" are impossible to find now.
    Unfortunately the weather is too bad to go for a ride.
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    My old cork grips are easy to remove and install so I am using them as temporary grips until I decide on the handlebars.
    Still brainstorming on the 3 piece cranks, I am afraid the stand would be in the way of the crank arm. I will have to ask around.
    I also found out that my LED bulb is a perfect fit for the headlight. Now I have to come up with a power source. The bulb is rated 6V-36V.
     
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    You can never go wrong with a Thick/Quick Brick combo...really digging this bike!


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  9. toro1978

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    Thanks Dr. Tankenstein!
    I ordered a 3 piece crank.
    Thinking of sticker designs to cover the Haribo logos.
     
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    I might be inclined to keep the bear, he's kinda cute...
     
  11. toro1978

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    OK, the BMX cranks arrived today. Not the best quality but it does not have to be.
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    Still, an improvement over the original 1 piece.
    Here is the clearance between the left crank arm and the kickstand...
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    And the clearance between the offset chainring and the right crank arm. (weird, the pic had disappeared fromt the post. Here it is again)
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    What clearance? is it rubbing the frame?
     
  13. toro1978

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    No, it is okay, just quite close. I was afraid that the crank arm might interfere with the kickstand, but there is around 5mm distance between them.
     
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    I had to remove the moto bars, in the end they were just too low and too far for my short reach. Bending too much forward made for an uncomfortable ride. I have bars similar to BMX (with just a little more curve and no crossbar ) which were the needed height. They have 1" clamp and although I could use another stem the grip parts are way too short to work with the twist shifter. After some consideration I ordered BMX bars with 22 mm clamp so I can use my original Felt stem. I also put the grips I originally wanted to use, I will probanly change the look of that bell a little:
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    Then I installed the stem directly above the pseudo fork crown, but didn't quite like how it looked with ahead spacers on top of the stem, so I used the finishing (seal?) cup from a headset, upside down:
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    Here how it sits with the new handlebars:
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    3C85B553-FE79-4E60-BDB2-DFAACF609DAC.jpeg your bike is starting to look like how I had my felt happy hour set up
     
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    Crazy Dave, too bad you dont live in the states or i would make you an offer on your frame.
     
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    I would imagine they are hard to find nowadays...
     
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    I like that seat mount contraction. Cleaver and good looking.
     
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  19. toro1978

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    I can finally report some progress. I swapped the front wheel again. I got me 24x2.3 tires for a very fair price and thus I was able to have the original 24" wheel in the fork. 20200219_161111.jpg
    I am still not sure about the headlight though, low or high? I have to try higher.
    Since the 24" wheel has a drum brake I had to improvise a clamp for the reaction arm.
    I used parts of a shopping basket mounting kit:
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    There might be a simpler way to do it though, if I could bolt a bar from the reraction arm directly to the Post-Mount. We'll see about that.
    I put on a tacho just for looks:
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    The rear as it is, the Haribo is running its original wheels now, only with a different front tire because of fork clearance:
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    I thought about using this brake lever...
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    But I these are actually a set of two and I will use them on another build with no coaster brake. So this is what the left side of the bars looks like:
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    And right side, the original shifter may have looked better, not sure:
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    Front end:
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