Hello, SS/FG forum. I am slightly embarrassed to say that I only really learned how to ride a bike this summer, completely unheard of for someone my age (I'm 15). Even though I can now ride a bike, I've really only been riding a couple blocks and haven't done any serious riding at all. Now, I have a few reasons for wanting to ride a fixed gear bike. First, I'm a cross country runner so I would like to get the biggest workout I can get on my bike. Also, I'm slightly short on funds ($500 at the most) and being a new rider, I'd like to get something cheaper at first. Lastly, fixed riding simply sounds like a lot of fun and I have several friends who I could ride with. However, here's the question I have for all of you: Would it be reasonable to buy a fixed gear bike as my first bike? Do you think it is too difficult for a beginner or better for a beginner because I haven't developed any habits yet?