Talked to a SS shop owner today and really learned a lot. I basically can spend around $500 on a fixed bike or build one with even better components and spend more. I could also get lucky on CL and score a used one.
I also could get an 80s road bike with horizontal dropouts and have it stripped to the chain, add new bars, shorter cranks , flip flop hub and track tires and I am good. Seems like they would about even out there.
He said the trend in fixed is moving more and more towards freestyle and tricking. I just want a light bike that can handle going off curbs in case I need to, and that is about it - what rides like that should I look out for on CL?
Also, what kind of speed increase should I expect coming from commuting on a MTB with a front suspension? I dont get much faster than 20-25 mp on it.