I've got a dilemma.
I recently got an old schwinn fixed gear ($100). I outfitted it with fenders, tape, slimed the tubes, and bought new tires ($70). It had been acting up since I first got it but just a little. Recently it got bad and knowing that it was a crank/bottom bracket issue I brought it into the shop. I already own a road bike and a mountain bike that I use specifically for those purposes, the fixie was my commuter/lock anywhere without worrying bike.
It turns out that the fixed gear wasn't put together right which caused the eventual destruction of the drive train. I enjoy riding fixed but it would cost $250 to repair and replace all needed parts! The trick is that I could get a Bianchi fixed gear at the bike shop for $500 brand new. However, would I be able to lock up a new Bianchi without worry? Would I be able to tank it through the winter with no problems? Unlikely.
I don't know what to do here. What would you guys do?