Skip to main content

Felt FC: It was almost mine

I've been on a wild roller coast ride of emotions the past few days, playing the Craig's List and eBay game, searching for a new ride.

Stumbled upon the rocket at left via a posting in Charlotte, which was actually from a student here in Boone.  The hard racing pedal pounder was getting ready to upgrade this Felt FC and wanted to sell frame only...but initially he considered selling the complete bike.

What's a Felt FC?  I had to Google it out and learned it's a not-for-sale-to-mortals race only frame, which is shipped direct to team issue riders.  Wow.  Carbon light and stiff and factory race.  Yum.

I saw the bike today and it's quite a handful.  Interesting part is that when I took it for a spin, it fit like a glove. Not too aggressive as I had expected.  And for the first time, I performed double-click shifting with the SRAM Red components.

Have to tell you this bike was ridden hard and put away wet.  Athlete who raced it competed in over 40 events, many of them criteriums, and won a few along the way. In addition to his reluctance to sell the entire bike I identified another problem:  It was fitted with standard chainrings off the front, not the compact crank ratios I want - and need - for the mountains.

It's fun to dream, isn't it?  If I had the workshop and tools, it would be fun to start fresh with the Felt FC frame and then shop out the parts to build it on eBay.  But I'm not that guy.  A small tool box in my back bedroom probably won't get that job done.

There are other bikes for sale and I'm sure the right one will cross my path.  But for a few moments in time, I had my bead on a race only stallion.


  1. believe me it will. Patience young grasshopper. Felts are the real deal though.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog


You have to look closely (click and enlarge photo if needed), but when you do, check out the 5th metacarpal (bone furthest from thumb).

The diagonal break is symbolic of what happens when your mountain bike handlebars snap around 360 degrees, and those bars catch your hand against the bike frame during the rotation.

Well there you have it. I got up after my ride over the bars and knew something was wrong, but didn't want to admit it. Rode about three miles back to the car, then went a week with some ice and heat. Thought it was good, until I smacked the same bone on the bars during a road ride the following weekend.

Time to stop the charades and get to urgent care.

For the past three weeks, I have been in a formed splint that kept the pinkie and ring fingers immobilized in a hooked formation. Don't want those tendons to move across the bone. As the doc stated, it's a "forgiving" break, but nonetheless you don't want to give the bone any excuse to shift; that…

Nothing to see here, folks

It's been a long time since I've been active on my blog. To be honest, I got tired of putting in the work, creating content, with so little feedback or response. Time to divert to other things...such as my new fiction book, coming out soon. Part horror story, part steamy romance. You'll definitely want a copy.

There's another reason I haven't been posting. My endurance spirit is broken.

Some medical issues, some sadness is loss of speed. I don't have much range left in my pulse rate and I have put on a blob of weight.

I "ran" my 10 mile loop this 2:18. Is that ugly, or what? An overall fatigue follows the run. I remember a few years ago, I'd bang it out in straight 9's for a 1:30 - and at that time had a long section of medium effort trail included, too.

It's the new normal. It's age appropriate. I'll be 59 in two weeks. Let's get real.

Rode my mountain bike Sunday after church. Don't know what I hit but I went…

Fitness setback? Use the healing power of plants

Maybe you're like me. You had achieved a fitness and nutrition peak, but then slid off the mountain. Hey, most of us aren't professional athletes and we aren't paid to be ripped and shredded, right? Life got in the way. I produced my dossier for tenure, then finished several academic publications. And, there is always teaching and a responsilbity to the student experience. I'm not proud of the outcome, but that's how it works for me. When I wrote "Mind Over Diet" the key premise was self-negotiation. You must create your own scenarios that drive action. It's time to start over. My advice is to build your comeback with food, not exercise. Everyone wants to run to the gym and crank the big long does that usually last? I'd suggest the food is the ultimate change agent. Eat as close to "alive" as possible; take the processing and chemicals out. Fresh food will bring life back into your body. That's the foundation. Here…