I recently moved back to Vancouver for another year of school, and seeing how I don't have a car I bought a nice '79 road bike off of a guy that seems to have hardly ridden it in the last 20 years. A steal at $40. Anyways, I'm thinking now about converting it to a fixed wheel. At first I thought that Vancouver was too hilly. There's some pretty steep ones on my commute to school, but then this morning I was taking it easy up a hill and I got dusted by some guy wearing jeans and riding a fixed wheel. I figured that if he can do it, no reason I can't handle the hills too.
Anyone have experience riding a fixed wheel around Vancouver? Is it worth it to give up gears? It would be my first ever attempt at building a fixed wheel, any tips?