I've seen some posts and threads recently indicating interest and curiosity in getting a fixed gear bike. It's a trend that's been going on since at least last year. Last summer, I hardly saw any fixed gear bikes in Central Park. This spring and summer, I saw tons of roadies riding fixed gears as part of their training. My LBS has been moving Pistas, Langsters and Capos pretty consistently. And it didn't seem to have anything to do w/ co-opting messenger culture, wanting to be a hipster or fashion.
For example, the father I saw buying a Langster while his son bought an Allez just wanted to save some money and he was intimidated by all the gears on the Allez.
I got one because it looked like fun and after reading this forum, it sounded like fun. And to be honest, the attitude in this forum seemed less snobbish and more open and welcoming even with the hipster bashing threads. So I figured I'd give it a try and if I didn't like it, I could flip the wheel and ride SS. So far I haven't used the SS side and it's become my favorite bike.
So what made you get a fixed gear?