Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Rocket City, No'ala
Bikes: 2014 Trek Domane 5.2, 1985 Pinarello Trevisio, 1991 Colnago Master, '06 Bianchi San Jose, 1987 Moulton Fuso, 1990 Gardin Shred, '82 John Howard(Dave Tesch)
These bikes aren't for riding distance, mostly around town, campus, etc. Track geometry looks cool but you're right, not the most comfortable ride.
The gold bike looks particularly jackass; if you'd like to see more, go here. ==> LINK
Your fixie hipster often prefers risers because that's what his bmx or mountain bike had and you can do barspins with risers. You'll see risers cut really short on some bikes. Ridiculously short. Bike suitable only for low speed riding, tricks, and posing.