When The Ubaldmobile died (or I thought it did) a buddy of mine in Colorado sent me a free replacement. Kind of like unexpected warranty service.
What he sent was actually the frame, some cantilever brakes, old Campy Brake levers and some drop bars.
At the time I set it up with parts I had as a single-speed, mostly ’cause I was too lazy to want to take the time to set up derailleurs. Since then I’ve never run it geared. I did run it fixed for awhile (with riser bars) but for the most part it’s always been a SS, drop-barred ‘monster cross’ (for lack of a better term).
I commuted on it for along time with smaller tires, but now am running it with big 2.2′s. It’s a lot of fun. The drop bars are comfy for bombing casually around fire-roads and trails, but then the tires let you swoop into single track here and there. Very. Fun. And that’s what riding bikes is about, isn’t it?