My experiment with riding fixed gear has made me more attuned to other fixed gear riders. I don’t usually see too many, but yesterday I had 3 separate sightings as I chugged up Pine Street out of downtown. None of them had brakes. None of them were wearing helmets. Two had earbuds in.
Oh, and it was raining.
Look, I am certainly growing to appreciate the skill and technique it takes to stop a fixed gear bike without brakes. It’s chaotic, but elegant if done correctly (and I’m a looong way from getting there). But it’s also pure affectation. And on a hill where it’s easy to go 25 MPH while descending, a potentially lethal one.
Is there a plausible defense of brakeless fixie riding other than “fashion statement!”