Alright well I've been lurking this board for a longass time and have determined a few things:
1) Bianchi Pista, Kilo TT, "What's a good gear ratio?", hipster/hypebeast/trend*****s, people unable to make aesthetic choices themselves, aerospokes etc.
2) Y'all are smartasses. (omg new thread)
3) Once in awhile you've got some good advice.
I've ridden fixies a bunch before, but never owned one. I've been road biking for years though, but I always tend to ride mine like a fixed... constant peddling, as little stopping as possible, seldom change gears... So I'ma throwdown on something.
I'm thinking an IRO (again, not a big surprise for a first bike right?), but mainly because I appreciate their business practices and quality, plus I like the fact I'm getting something custom right out the gate. That rules.
I'm about 5'7", and am stuck between the 50 and 53, being that the sandover height difference of about half an inch really won't make that big of a deal. Should I go for a higher seat with a smaller frame or what?
Other than that I'm set on getting a 46/18, I live in a pretty hilly area (Northern NJ) and wanna use this to commute. The rest of the details are rather superfluous. I'm gonna twine some bits of the frame, get a Brooks leather saddle and tape... Going for a black woodsy sorta old fashioned kinda thing. I dunno, it's not a huge priority, I just wanna goddamn ride.
Any advice? Cheeky comments welcome. I realize the IRO "phase" may be over, being that a lot of the interest in these was from a few years ago, but I don't wanna be another bikesdirect n00b, and I'm not really trying to shell out more than I need to for the quality I'm looking for. But any alternatives are appreicated... You already can figure out my pricerange.