I have been toying with the idea of converting my urban assult bike (UAB) a Schwinn Moab Disc into a SS.
One of the things that has motivated me is how simple and elegant a SS/Fixed gear bike seems to be. My friend has a Dutch SS which I enjoy tooling around on, but it is a laid back cruiser that weighs a ton.
I figured by converting my UAB I could get the best of both world's - better performance and the simplicity of a SS.
However, after doing a lot of research on the net I am starting to think the most simple and elegant thing I could do is to just leave the bike the way it is a ride it. I mean it is starting to seem a bit silly to chase after simplicity by taking apart a bike that works great and buying new parts and trying to make it all work well again. Not really all that simple.
I am not dissing the idea of a SS and I probably will have one in the future, but I think the path to a SS for me that retains that feeling of simplicity and elegance will be to either buy a complete bike or build one up from scratch when my UAB dies a natural death.
Its already been stolen once so who knows that could be tomorrow.
Are most of you riding SS/fixed conversions or did you buy/build up one from the start?