GT Talera - new lease on life

I doubt it was cost-effective, but this conversion of a late-80's, low-end mountain bike into a fixed-gear is striking. Fixed Gear Gallery has more finished bikes, but rarely the before-conversion shots.

5 comments:

grrrbear said...

Okay, I'll bite. What's the benefit of a fixed gear bike? I mean, do these people live in North Dakota or someplace similar where hills simply don't exist?

J.Bro said...

A fixed gear is the ultimate in simplicity - no brakes, no coasting - it's a bike distilled to its most basic elements. Plus, bike messengers ride them, and who doesn't want to be more like a bike messenger.

towwas said...

I'm not sure if I want to be more like a bike messenger if it involves no brakes.

J.Po said...

The bike messengers who come to my building act as though they've been through some pretty bad falls involving heads as breaks.

Sophist said...

My cousin's boyfriend rides a fixed gear and he said something about feeling at one with the earth etc. etc. and legs constantly being in motion and feeling the earth in a whole new way. Sounded cool yet scary