this poll stinks:
all the newbies are choosing not to take it out of shame.
and all the older guys are jumping at the chance to show their pride.
if all members/un-registered readers of the site were to enter in the poll, the result would be v. different.
from the second I arrived in london I wanted to ride. but didnt have the funds to buy a bike until about a year later. rode geared for about 2.5 years, finally been fixed for last 4 months.
I orriginally thaught that fixed was only for messangers or posers/wannabes. so didnt buy into it. but after reading up and talking to a few people decided I wanted to give it a go. I put my first bike together and loved it instantly.
I can tell why racers use fixed geard bikes for training/winter sessions, all the spinning really strengthens you up! I've since gone back on geared aluminum racers and you just f**ing fly on them! cos your pedaling tecnique and strength/speed is really improved. so damn quick!
i've got the bike cos i love fixed gear bikes, not the fixed gear scene.