Bike Snob NYC hates the Felt Curbside fixed gear / single speed bike, calling it "the high water mark of dorkitude." The urban fixed gear kids all hate how ugly it is because of the compact geometry, recessed track ends, internal cable routing and Slipstream racing teams argyle patterned top tube pad and saddle. They even complain about the shorty flat bars on this bike.
Felt reports, however, that they can't keep this $700 lime green Curbside bike in stock. My daughter Ivy loves the Curbside because it's pretty and she can pick it up.
The Curbside even comes with a swanky 15mm wrench mounted to the bottle cage mounts.
As far as I'm concerned, I really don't care what kind of bike you ride. If you like the Felt, feel free to go out and ride it. The aluminum Felt Curbside weighs about 18 lbs or so, with carbon fiber fork, long reach brakes with enough room for fat tires and fenders, and flip flop singlespeed / fixed hub with 16t on both sides and a 39t chainring. This simplifies to 16 skid patches.
This Felt Curbside was seen at the 2008 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, which will be completely over by the time you read this.
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Argyle is legit. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously deranged, and needs professional help.
It's so funny how so many people feel threatened by some kids wearing thrift store clothes while riding a bike with one speed. The very audacity of a new generation of kids getting excited about riding must be your worst nightmare. I think what most pisses off bike store employees is that these kids are just buying bikes; no spandex, no power bars and no special shoes. Ride your bike the way you want to and don't worry about if other peoples drive train is as expensive as yours.