I ride fixed gear most of the time but also have 2 geared bikes.
Not into "fashionable" bikes though, my fixed wheel bike looks like a road bike and I ride it like a road bike i.e. fast and over long distances, I'm no hill dodger either
Both freewheel, for the simple reason it's too dangerous to ride fixed where we live AND the cops "fine" the crap out of you if they see you riding without brakes
EDIT: Damn, last post above mine was 2006? LOL!
Fixed isn't any more dangerous than a freewheel and you can run brakes with fixed you know
Technically running brakeless is not legal in the UK, you must have two independant braking systems, the fixed gear drivetrain and leg braking/skidding counts as one, you must have at least one other brake or you can get hit with a fine, if the police feel like enforcing it.
I've only ever went brakeless for a very short space of time, after I got knocked off ( the driver was at fault, he turned left without looking whilst I was alongside his rear passenger side door, forcing me to take the left turn at speed and ultimatelly nail the side of his car - to understand this, please remember in UK we drive on the left and cars are right hand drive, so I was between his car and the gutter on his left when he turned left) I felt that had I had a brake, then the impact would have been lessened as a skid and swerve was not sufficient. Luckily, I wasnt badly hurt (just a bit bruised up and grazed) and managed to ride the 50 miles back home, but it was a big shock.
You can call me Rob!Have
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