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Bikes: All 70s and 80s, only steel.
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2. I have no expertise in long-distance riding, but provided you train on the fixed bike, I think you can only improve--fixed riding will only make you a stronger and more efficient pedaller, especially over a long, flat course: the good road bike riders would probably be pedalling the entire way themselves. Plus, you'll have the benefit of that loss in weight on the bike coupled with improved aerodynamics (no more derailers) and better weight distribution.
3. Cost would mainly be the wheel: if your bike has horizontal dropouts, you're either going to a. re-dish your existing rear wheel, which you probably won't want to do because you plan on doing this "temporarily;" or b. buy a track rear wheel, which will cost you a minimum of about 80 bucks. If you're bike is newer, with vertical dropouts, then you're going to have to get a rear wheel with an Eno eccentric hub, and those are very pricey--certainly higher than the 80 I just quoted.