I want to buy a fixed gear bike for commuting and winter training and so I don't feel like the only jerk with gears when I go on a group ride where everyone else is riding fixed.
I want road rather than track geometry. I am willing to spend up to $1500 for the whole build as I have a Christmas bonus burning a hole in my pocket. I live in an area where it is rolling hills in all directions.
Any views on the Soma Delancey as a frame to start from? Any other suggestions?
Also, any recommendations for hubs/wheels and other components? I want mid-high spec.
Finally, gear ratio recommendations? I am a reasonably strong rider but I have aging knees (not the only thing that is aging, actually).