Before Surly and Soma, Bianchi’s Pista was and is the archetypal affordable fixed gear. For 2009 Bianchi introduces a flatbar version of their classic.
I managed to make it out to the start of the Dead Baby Bike Race XII (thanks Peter!) and snapped a few photos. The Dead Babies are Seattle’s largest mutant bike
gang club, filled to the brim w/ alternative bike culture. I don’t think I saw a single swatch of spandex on any of the racers or attendees, although I’m not sure they qualify as ‘plain clothes’ cyclists either.
More photos in the Bikehugger urban bikes group…