My wife and I are road bikers who live just North of New York City. When we recently purchased a place in Manhattan, we needed bikes for the city. My wife rides an Orbea Orca, so I felt very comfortable getting her an Orbea mountain bike with front suspension (indestructible). However, I ride a Pinarello Dogma 65.1, and I couldn't imagine riding anything but a Pinarello. Brett Cole at Competitive Cyclist (who knows his stuff) told me that I would love the Pinarello Catena. Apparently, fixie bikes are the standard gear for cool guys in the city (that is...."cool guys half my age"). I've worked with Brett over the years and I've come to trust his judgement.
I received the Pinarello Catena. It was easy to assemble. I order a set of vintage Campagnolo pedals (circa 1980) to match the bike's retro look. The retro geometry was a little different than I was used to- so much so that it required that the seat be more than one centimeter lower than on my modern road bike.
I've been riding it around the city on the freewheel side of the back wheel (I'm no hip enough or your enough to go "full fixie"). The bike is fun and comfortable. I had forgotten the feel of steel or rough road....but it's pretty nice.
For $1,000 (free shipping and no sales tax), I've got a bike that I actually like for around the city..... and it's a Pinarello !!!