I hadn't even heard the term "fixie" (of which I'm not really a fan) until three weeks ago.
Immediately after the bike-riding-bug bit for the first time in a number of years, I had my eye on a BMXer. After my research and shopping led me to learn more about bmx bikes that I ever thought I would, somehow, I don't even remember the specifics, I came across a fixed-gear bicycle. I was immediately intrigued.
I love simplicity, and, as an avid motorcyclist, I've come to understand that the lighter a single-track vehicle is, the more fun to ride it will be.
The first fixed-gear-specific website I visited was republicbike.com, from which I was educated to the trendiness of fixed-gears, which to me was a big turnoff.
Still, my intrigue persisted. Here were the things I liked about bmx bikes on a machine that would comfortably fit my 6'2" frame, and be fast as a bullet to boot.
I spent weeks looking at different fixed-gear bikes online, following a pretty stable trajectory from the bottom of the pile (republic bikes), through Purefix, Critical Cycles, etc., until finally landing at bikesdirect.com. I loved their bikes, and many people on this board sure seem to like them, except of course for the Dawes SST, which was the only bike they had in my size and which was also roundly lambasted on this site. At this point, I decided it was finally time to venture out to the L.B.S.
The first bike I rode was a Haro Projekt. I liked it, but it seemed a little small.
Then the owner put me on a new 2010 Giant Bowery 72'. I instantly fell in love. I was so at home on the Bowery that as soon as I started pedaling, I covered the brake on the right with two fingers, just like I do on my motorcycle. It felt right.
It was setup on the single-speed cog. I'll probably keep it that way until I get really comfortable on the bike before I flip it over to the fixed gear.
Anyway, this site was a huge help and source of information for me during my many long days of research. So, thanks, guys. I hope to add some worthwhile things to the site while plundering it for more information throughout what will definitely be a long and lovely relationship between my new Bowery and me. I will, of course, always use the search function before starting a new thread, lest I face the wrath of those whose patience for some questions has grown thin