the wait ended today, i got my rear wheel. my early '80's schwinn sprint is now a fixed conversion. no more riding those sketchy gears and worthless brakes. i still have the big old dryrotted front wheel but i will soon order the matching front wheel. i just got back from my first run and i have to say that riding fixed is a larger experience than i imagined. it was strange pulling out of my driveway and actually feeling the dirt kick out from under my tire. going down the steep hill by my way was interesting to say the least. its a huge contrast from a geared bike. riding fixed makes you feel magnetized to the ground. its like vintage car rides vs modern car rides. modern cars soak up all the bumps and sounds that bring a true driving experience. but both have their strengths and weaknesses.
ive only been riding seriously (compared to the average person) for about a month now, so going to a fixed gear was a large step taken early. if you have any advice for a new rider, please leave me some. id like to get my skills up so that i can relax and just ride.