$20,000 Crocodile Skin Fixie… Just Cuz

WLWC Croc Skin Fixie Frame CloseUp

When one stops to think, “what has never been done before?” what does one answer? Swathe a French fixed-gear in reclaimed, black crocodile skins? Naturally! But whatever for? Just because one can. How much is this thing gonna cost? If you have to ask, it’s not for you. But you can still bemusedly ogle the pics past the break…

WLWC Croc Skin Fixie Saddle

No, this is not a joke. Yes, this was actually done. Yes, in France — where else? Will you buy one? No, you won’t. But if you did the cost is quoted by the manufacturer, Watch Life With Curiosity (WLWC), at 14,500 EUR (aprox. $20k).

WLWC Croc Skin Fixie Headbadge

Four crocodiles and ninety hours of French labor were devoted to each bicycle.

WLWC Croc Skin Fixie Custom Lace

Custom lacing is simply icing on the crocodile cake.

WLWC Croc Skin Fixie

The sum of its parts – maybe beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

WLWC Croc Skin RocksAnd just in case you were wondering, yes, they do also cover beach-rocks in lamb leather (also reclaimed, I assume). See more from WLWC here.




Pete - 02/16/14 - 1:55pm

BR still hasn’t learned – Just because there’s a bicycle involved in the story doesn’t mean there’s anything of interest to cyclists.

pornitswhatlwouldratherbmaking - 02/16/14 - 1:56pm

if you have the money and this is what you want, here ya go….

mudrock - 02/16/14 - 1:56pm

Silly museum piece. I’m not a fan of Micah’s posts, don’t think they belong on this site.

Elizabeth - 02/16/14 - 2:09pm

The vegan in me says: ew.

Pynchonite - 02/16/14 - 2:15pm

What a croc…

Surly Shawn - 02/16/14 - 2:22pm


Get out! You are done here. Leave the internet and don’t come back until tomorrow.

To Pete & mudrock – you made the effort to come here and comment on this article, so it did it’s job. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. And certainly don’t comment on how much you hate it.

jack - 02/16/14 - 2:27pm

@pete as i cyclist and bicycle designer, I think this is pretty interesting.

potty - 02/16/14 - 2:42pm


Albie - 02/16/14 - 2:59pm

I’m going to have to side with the haters.

Why bother making an exorbitantly expensive bicycle if you aren’t going to even bother making one worth looking at. This is a classic example of style over every other aspect of this piece.

Rich Lather - 02/16/14 - 3:12pm

the real crime here is the lamb skin covered rocks are better looking than the bike. black on black for the bike was a mistake. & the build is boring. If the goal was to make art, then it fell short.

Greg @ dsw - 02/16/14 - 3:12pm

Maybe a strange question, but what exactly is a “reclaimed” crocodile skin ?

KJR - 02/16/14 - 3:51pm

@Surly Shawn: Wow, comment police eh? “Dissenting opinion? Don’t post that crap here, what do you think these public comment sections are for?”.

Take the good with the bad, or just remove the comments section altogether.

Doug - 02/16/14 - 4:04pm


goridebikes - 02/16/14 - 4:05pm

Does it come in white?

postridebeer - 02/16/14 - 4:16pm

something tells me those wheels are not meant to be ridden. It is art.

Victor - 02/16/14 - 4:25pm

Keep posting. I think stuff like this is still

endurobob - 02/16/14 - 4:53pm

That upright stem is glaringly awful

fleche1454 - 02/16/14 - 5:41pm

nice toothpaste welds on a $20,000 bike.

Drew83 - 02/16/14 - 6:46pm

fleche1454 “nice toothpaste welds on a $20,000 bike.” You aren’t kiddiing. I’m a welder and at before I looked I thought you were just talkin smack, but after looking, wow! Those welds are way too hot.

Pete - 02/16/14 - 7:04pm

Same Pete here. To all the lovers of this thing, as far as functionality, it appears to be nothing more than a cheap aluminum frameset all dressed up with nowhere to go.

So as a piece of art, i take no issue with it. It may look like a bike, wheels may turn like a bike, but this is no bike.

@SurlyShawn, having clicked through to see more, within a few seconds i got the joke…the joke was on me. Was that the “job” of this article?

Ripnshread - 02/16/14 - 7:21pm

I just don’t get why the “artists” who always seem to find joy in bedazzling bikes find the need to start with a huge POS. START with a beautiful masterpiece build by another artisan and a lot more people would see some worth here.

Ryan - 02/16/14 - 7:56pm

Bikerumor, your better than this article. So much for something being better than nothing…….

Xris - 02/16/14 - 8:54pm

Take my money damnit!!!

Greg - 02/16/14 - 8:55pm

@Pete, you read it and were the first to comment on it, you moron!

dangerjonny - 02/16/14 - 8:58pm

all that cash and they still cant get the stem angle right!

padrote - 02/16/14 - 9:19pm

sorry Pete I’d rather read about this than the latest crop of anodized stems

Hotep - 02/16/14 - 11:24pm


Mindless - 02/17/14 - 12:40am

“ninety hours of French labor” is like about twenty in America?

Pete - 02/17/14 - 12:48am

@Greg, the actual first comment here was by someone else, but it was pulled because it was only one word, and it wasn’t “plastics”

plebs - 02/17/14 - 8:57am

It’s hideous, and I hope that the designers realise that it has e^iπ + 1 merit. I could honestly get a cooler and lighter and cheaper and less cruel and more environmentally friendly finish with Gorilla tape, but I wouldn’t, cuz bikes have paint instead of dead animal skin.

Fab - 02/17/14 - 10:00am

@ Mr. Redfield, I think it would be cool to see a bike all over with human skin…Just cuz!!!

ted - 02/17/14 - 11:39am

Just because you can, does’nt mean you should…

K11 - 02/17/14 - 4:47pm

@pynchonite. winner of best comment on so many levels.

mathew - 02/17/14 - 5:29pm

brooklyn machine works did this concept already.. also wrapping a $100 china frame (nasty welds) in croc for $20,000 is still a cheap ass china frame.this is what happens when kooks with cash get “great ideas”.

empire - 02/17/14 - 7:59pm

it’s really awful.

ShabbaDeuce - 02/17/14 - 9:33pm

HAHAHA you have to laugh. I mean, they try to be cool and look at this awful thing. @Ripnshread agreed, but no matter what, this still this is a poor soul of a bicycle wrapped in the skin of a deceased reptile. It’s all black because it’s DARK. No love here folks. And one of THOSE brake levers. That stem! It’s sad that people thought this will appeal to others, and sadder still that it in fact will.

Peter - 02/18/14 - 9:23am

HORRIBLE. A nonsense from people with no brain. I hope they fold and never to be in the bike world again.

Frank W - 02/19/14 - 12:17pm

The saddle is pretty sweet, though.

J11 - 02/20/14 - 3:27pm

this is the difference between between artist and cyclist.

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