Here is a picture of my current 15/5 inch Felt Q650 Mountain Bike. Its had quite a journey, and its just amazing how idle hands, ebay and a little motivation can change things.
So let me explain a few things, Im a little over weight with bad knees, my doctor suggested I take up swimming or cycling, as I don't particularily feel happy with only some trunks, cycling was chosen.
I started looking through ebay, gumtree looking for a bike, and I chose a mountain bike because of the frame strength.... no anybody with any sense would have done some research, find out what frame size etc, but not me.. i found a average condition Land Rover Sabana Defender in blue... looked nice but was just after a frame I could build on.
It had some Suntour Suspension forks with it and it cost me the sum of £35 complete. Pic below is frame and Forks from Shed. (these are for sale if anyone is interested)
So i had the bike, and quickly realised that it needed some work and bits sorting, well i replaced the bb and headset, and took it into the woods near where i live in Maidstone.
After a short while I realised why it was cheap, forks where buggered (just needed servicing i found out after) and after about an hour of struggling I got home and prompt took the bike to the local Bike ship and asked them to give it the once over. Being all new to this having not ridden a bike for like 25 years.
In the couple of days that the bike was at the LBS, i surfed the net and did some research and found a new framesize compatible with my short legs (26in inside leg) and pretty much taught myself how to build it from scratch... gotta love the internet.
Bike returned from the lbs and £100 lighter, i decided to use this as a donor and build something my size. And that is is pretty much where we stand, Things in progress... going back to suspension forks in the near future, although my rigid forks make the bike so light its mental.
I have been bitten with the bike building thing most of you have.... but I dont have a shed or garage .... but soon ihope to remedy that.
Will post some more pictures, but heres my spec:
Frame: Felt Q650 15.5
Fork: Mosso Rigid Blade Forks
Headset: AEST Semi Integrated Black Sealed Cartridge Bearing
Stem: Woodman Components rockster 35mm Stem
Handlebar: Felt Riser bars
Grips: Ritchey pro true grip black/white
Brakes: tekro vbrakes
Brake Pads: vbrake in white
Brake Cables: clarks
Cantilever cable hangers: na
Brake Levers: shimano combi
Shifters: shimano acera combi levers
Front Derailleur: fd-m360 shimano acera dual pull
Rear Derailleur: rd-m360 shimano acera
Derailleur Cables: clarks
Cassette: shimano hg31 8 speed 11-32T
Chain: clarks white
Cranks: suntour XCTv2 42/32/22
Bottom Bracket: shimano 155mm sealed bearing
Pedals: superstar components
Hub Skewers: a2z crmo axle qr
Rims: alex rims ace-18
Nipples: tbc steel
Spokes: tbc black
Tyres: schwalbe cx comp
Seatpost Binder: aest
Its not a top of the line machine, its a work in progress for my skills and weightloss. hope you like it as I haven't seen many Felt Frames on here.