So, I've been curious about the fixed thing for a while after reading Sheldon Brown's articles and various other documents that have stressed the many benefits and challenges of riding fixed. I wanted to give it a try, but no friends of mine ride fixed and I thought it'd be kinda ridiculous to ask the folks at the LBS if I could take a Pista Concept around the slushy, nasty parking lot to get a feel for it.
Here is my temporary, and I stress TEMPORARY solution.
I didn't want to spend the money on a whole new rear wheel, cog, etc, so what I've done is basically tied the bigger cogs on my 7 speed freewheel to the hub with an elaborate system involving a weave of stainless steel bass guitar string and a few reinforcing pins. I'll try n' post some pics of my handywork when I get the chance.
I've taken it out for a few slow, easy rides, have slowed myself with pedal resistance, and haven't noticed any damage to the cogs, spokes, or anything else.
So, am I being an absolute moron or does this seem like a rational way to try a fixed gear on for size without dropping major dollars? Has anyone else tried anything similar?