This is my first road bike/single gear. I've always been a mtn bike guy, or bought slicks for my mtn bike to commute. Always thought that these bikes wouldn't be fun to ride around. BUT, I was wrong.
This bike is a pretty rad ride. It is a little heavier than my buddies commuters, but I assume the steel frame is the cause. I like the sturdiness, I'm a big dude and I like feeling solid while I'm riding next to cars.
You can ride it fixed. But I like coasting.
If you want a good single speed I recommend this bike.