Hello. Casual bikerider for 30+ years here... but a complete amateur in regards to bike knowledge. I have some terribly noobish questions as I am interested in getting my first fixed gear bicycle, but need assistance choosing the right bike. Any help would be appreciated.
Basically, I want to get a fixie and ride it on flatland, practicing some balance/control bike tricks. I don't intend to ride great distances or on varied terrain. I simply want a basic fixie, without any fancy accessories, suited for this type of riding/tricking.
1. What is the best bike for my needs? I realize this is an opinion. But there must be a bike or two that is widely regarded as a great entry to fixed gear riding, at an affordable price and most bang-for-the-buck. (preferably less than 500$)
2. I was checking out the Surly Steamroller, as recommended by a friend, and the final statement in the manufacturer's description was, "This bike does it all. What won't it do? Bar spins."
Why not? Isn't a bar spin when the rider spins around the front wheel, balancing on the handlebars? Why won't this bike do that?
3. What should I be targeting for my needs? What kind of seat stay angle is good for controlling wheelies, etc.? What kind of braking will allow for spinning the handlebars? What type of tires would be best? Wider? Smaller?
I realize this is alot of info. And these questions are extremely noobish. But if someone could help me (before I waste hundreds of dollars) I'd greatly appreciate it.