Well, my first fixed ride was today. I had been waiting for the bike to show up. It's a Specialized Langster Pro with a handful of upgrades that I won for dirt cheap on Ebay last week. Yes I know Specialized is equivalent to Satan around here but I don't care all that much since the price I paid was worth it for the components alone. I had planned on replacing the frame and fork with an IRO Mark V but now that I received and rode it, I'm not so sure.. this thing is a hoot to ride and seems to weigh less than air itself.
The major changes over a stock Langster Pro were the Specialized Pave carbon seatpost (awesome post!!), Specialized Alias saddle, and Deda 215 Classic Bend bars. Right away, I put some white wrap over the bare bars, changed the factory 16T cog to a 19T Surly (48x19 now), and added a Dura-Ace lockring. Can you believe the owner before me was riding without a lockring altogether?? The stem was also using too few spacers and was quite loose so I added a small spacer to tighten that up as well. It arrived without pedals so I bolted on a pair of MKS GR-9s too.
This thing is GREAT. I had been wanting a single/fixed bike for a while and now I can see what I've been missing. I was skeptical before today but I'm already hooked. It has been a long time since I've had so much fun riding a bike. Not only was it faaaarrrr less scary than I expected but it's far easier to ride regardless of road inclines than I had expected. I'm also shocked at how light this thing is. It has to be under 15lbs. I was expecting a "harsh aluminum ride" but it's just not there. The thing is smooth as silk... easily less harsh than my Surly Cross-Check.
Long story short... I'm keeping this bike for sure. SUCH fun.