Newb to the board. My friend in NYC has got me fixed on getting an IRO, my first fixed gear. By far the best set-up and deal out there. On top of that Tony actually returns my email (this cannot be said for most out there). Great builder, great bike - how can you go wrong?
I would primarily be riding my 30 mile R/T commute. In Los Angeles, to Santa Monica, mostly flat, with one hill. (200+ feet elevation gain/loss either way).
I've settled on either the IRO Mark V or IRO RobRoy. Since no one sells these out here I wanted to solicit some opinions. For one, the wheelbase between these two (at 56) is big, but not vast. Mark V at 96, RobRoy at 103. In all aspects the Mark V is the bike for me - more agile, mainly. Has anyone had some distance experience on the Mark V? Comfortable? or no? Mark V also seems a more city oriented, street bike than the RobRoy.
Second, since this is my first fixed. What gear set-up should I roll on? 46x16 seems standard. I guess I could put an 18 on the flip side if need be. Since I am on mostly flat terrain, any thoughts?
thanks for the tips. see you on the streets.