I made a few changes to the fixie over the weekend.
First, I added an 18t free wheel to the other side and thought that with my 45 chain ring, it might be a nice option for the big hills on my way to work. Also take advantage of those hills on the way home by actually being able to gain some speed by coasting down them. The cog is still a 16t which I've found to be great for flats.
Second was only logical. If you add a freewheel, you also need to add at least a front brake. I've resisted this as long as possible and probably have about 500 miles on this bike brakeless. But, my commute is much different than it used to be, and for this bike to makes sense using, I think a freewheel and brake might make the difference.
Third change was the drop bars. Just some old junk I had in the garage. I like the home-made bullhorns I had, but didn't have any brakes that would look good on them. So here they are with a vintage Dia-comp form my parts bin.
Last change was the saddle. Just a simple MTB speed-V. The other one I had on was not so comfy for 26 miles, and this was off another bike that won't ever see that kind of distance. I've found this to be a very comfortable saddle.
Now, I'll just wait for the day when I actually ride it to work. With my new Volae, that day seems far, far off. I'm sure I'll need a change sooner or later.