If single speeds are a spartan mans ride a real velodrome
bike is masochists dream machine. I can't think of a more self loathing rendition of dogma than continuously grinding on a fixed gear for anything other than a test of shear leg powered manliness on a banked track. FTS given a choice I'd take a single speed over a fixed gear, and a multi speed over a single and a mountain bike over a road bike. I used to be a cycling dirt bag. $3800 mountain bike $2100 road bike and a $500 POS Mazda I bought at an auction. It was the first car I owned in 5 years, and I had it for less than a year before getting stationed in Japan and scoring a $1200 Cannonfail for $350, and it took another year after I got back in the states for me to buy another vehicle 1955 Willys, and that was to make it easier to get to cool places to ride.
(ok maybe not 100% true that little CJ was a beastie)