I turned the Salsa into an El Mariachi version of a single-speed. I hopped on it for the first ride the other day and found it to be terribly under-geared for the ride over to the trails. I hated it 50 feet from my door all the way to the 32nd St. trail head. I was even contemplating turning around to go get my fixy for the morning trail spin. Having only converted it due to a freehub failure on the xt hub that was on the bike, I was missing the 9 speed.
As you may have guessed, once rolling on the trail, I was pleasantly amazed how well it moved. A noticeable and worthy improvement over a 26″ wheel single-speed. I really like the 9speed, and I really like the single-speed. I think two bikes are in order.
Meanwhile, a change on the fixy was made.
This bar is really neat. Pretty comfy for the commute to work and back. It gives me an upright position and really feels natural.