After riding a cheap old recycled steel frame fixed gear for 2 years, I figured it was time to upgrade. I've been wanting to build a new bike for some time and figured it was the sort of thing I'd just keep telling myself I'd do, and just never get around to it, until today. This morning, I got it in my head to go and check out what kind of frames I could find at a few local shops, and more or less settled on grabbing a BLB La Piovra, then slowly buying parts and building it step by step. Then I went to see the good fellows at Velo iBike, and they were able to procure the exact frame I had in mind in exactly my size second-hand, for half the price of a new one. To boot, it came with the carbon fork and Sram Omnium crankset I would have ended up purchasing new anyway. With the ball already rolling and with a price tag at half as much as I was willing to spend, I decided to just go ahead and put the whole damn thing together today. So this is the final product: First impressions: The thing is fvcking fast. The 48/16 gear ratio is perfect and it weighs a hell of a lot less than my old bike, while feeling substantially more solid. I've never ridden a bike with such an aggressive riding position, but I love it. No more bending elbows trying to get down low. I only got a chance to do 12 km on it today from the shop to my place, so I hope to have more thoughts about it soon.