I just finished converting an old Schwinn Varsity, I know its a heavy frame but it was fun to work on and I have all the parts I need to eventually upgrade to a better frame. It still needs the bars wrapped, but my real question is what gearing I should adjust to. Its my first fixie, running 48x16 now which is kinda steep it feels like. I'm in a pretty flat area right now, but when I go back to school in september its relatively hilly. Will I have a lot of trouble skidding this off the start? Feels like it to me. Heres the bike
A) Looks good.
B) It'll look great once you get the bars taped up and add a brake lever.
C) If you are running a brake, no need to worry about skid patches or skidding, just use back pressure on the pedals and the front brake to stop.
D) Another vote for 48/18 gearing. A pretty happy medium between ability to climb one side of the hill and not spin out going down the other side.