Finally I did it. I borrowed the bike and changed the drivetrain to have a really low gear ratio. It didn’t take me long to get used to riding fixed. It’s definitely a lot more fun. The way I have it (and even with the transitional gearing of 44t/22t) it’s easier to ride up hills than down hills.
I’ve been riding this primarily to learn some tricks, namely, trackstands and riding backwards. It’s a start.