Now we know people are divided in their opinion of fixed gear bikes ("What is the point of a bike if you can't shift gears!!" vs "Me + my fixie + messenger bag are infinitely cooler than you + your car"), but we just wanted to mention that whatever your opinion is of fixies, these custom built ones that you can get online look pretty damn awesome!
Republic Bikes is an online bike company based in Florida that allows customers to design their own fixies and dutch bikes. Their most popular model is a fixie called The Aristotle and you can customize the color of everything from the bike's frame to the chains and watch the 3D model on the site change in front of your eyes. The company has just recently fitted Google with a fleet of bikes in the company's signature yellow, green, red and blue complete with basket for Google employees to ride around the Googleplex in Mountain View, California.
The Google Bike
Mojo Bikes, based in Melbourne, does a similar thing where the brand is focused on letting customers build a bike that represents their personality. They have four types of bikes to choose from with The Urban (the fixie) being the most popular.
We're not here to change your mind about fixies but the next time you see a flamboyant fixie chained to a pole and wonder where anyone is supposed to get anything remotely close to that...you'll know that it's owner probably designed it themselves.
Images via Republic Bikes & Mojo Bikes