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Felt TK4130 Retro Track Fixed Gear Bike – Save £350

Posted on April 17, 2012 | in All Bikes, Single / Fixed | by
Felt TK4130 Retro Track Fixed Gear Bike - Save £350

Felt TK4130 Retro Track Fixed Gear Bike - Save £350

Wiggle | Felt TK4130 Track Bike 2011 Track Bikes

I’ve really had to deliberate over the inclusion of the Felt TK4130 on the bike sale blog. It’s not that the half-price deal doesn’t represent an absolute bargain, or that the Felt TK4130 isn’t a beautiful and appealing bike made by a great company to exacting standards.  It’s just that you have to be…  well… and absolute nutter to ride it.  No freewheel so you’re riding fixed unless you buy a freewheel and, take it from me, riding fixed is good fun but bloody hard work.  If you are going to ride fixed on the streets you’ll probably find the 15 tooth rear wheel is pretty hard work unless you live in Holland.  Perfect for the track though…. except this is a retro steel bike and, although weighing in at under 10 kilo’s, I can’t see Victoria Pembleton riding one.

Yes – nearly forgot to mention it – the Felt K4130 has no brakes!  Not really a problem unless you’re one of these strangely sane people who occasionally wants to slow down or stop.  As the TK4130 is a fixed gear you can, of course, lock the back wheel by stopping pedaling but this does take a little practice (and fairly strong legs). Practicing playing the guitar can lead to a few bum notes and sore fingers while you get the hang of it. Practicing stopping a bike can be a little more scary.  You should probably find a car park.

Who will want the Felt TK4130 then?  Well, I want one and I can’t be the only one.  It’s beautiful and cool and totally impractical, as all the best things in life are.

How Much?

£350 – reduced from £700 – you could hang it on your wall and it would make a great value work of art.

What Sizes?

Available in all sizes – maybe Felt overestimated the number of nutters.

You won’t want this bike if…

You’ve got no experience of fixed gear bikes, or if you need to commute 25 miles a day in a hilly area, or if you’ve basically got any sense.

You will want this bike if…

You believe that beauty is more important than practicality and you’re a bit daft… in a good way.

Where From?

Available from Wiggle


Any Reviews?

3 out of 3 customer reviews on Wiggle rate the Felt TK4130 as 5 stars:
Wiggle | Felt TK4130 Track Bike 2011 Track Bikes

Wired.com loved the Felt TK4130’s style, but not sure they actually rode it:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/08/felt-track-bike-is-unashamedly-retro/

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