I have had one for about six months now, my first bike in quite a while, and I love it. I wanted something to get around on, but the bulk and clunkiness of road and mountain bikes wasn't very appealing to me. The last time I really rode was when I was 14 or so (I'm 22 now); I wanted the simplicity of my old BMX, but I thought I might feel a little ridiculous riding around on one now. That is when a friend introduced me to track bikes/fixed gears. I was intrigued by the idea of being able to control my speed entirely with my legs, so I decided to pick one up.
I got the Bianchi because it was inexpensive. At the time I had really only looked at bikes in passing at such places as Wal Mart or Target, so $500 seemed like a lot for a bike. Now I realize that I could build a crazy track bike and spend much more, but I think that would kind of go against the simple concept that I enjoy about riding a fixie. At any rate, the quality of the Pista seems very adequate for me.
As far as riding goes, there is a lot of talk about the dangers of riding fixed, especially without brakes, and I was a little worried about this since I had not ridden fixed or otherwise in quite some time. A lot of people recommend starting out with brakes, if not using them all the time, but since the bike didn't come with one I just decided to learn the hard way. To me putting your legs into it and paying attention is the whole point anyways. Well, I now ride all around downtown Chicago and the north side on a pretty regular basis, and I am totally comfortable with no brakes. I just look ahead, and make sure not to get carried away going too fast for the conditions. (I have clipless pedals, so I can yank backward pretty hard if I have to.)
Anyways, this is my first post here, so I guess I just wanted to introduce myself and talk about how I feel about riding and whatnot. Didn't mean for it to turn out to be so long.. Here is a picture of the bike: