Wired magazine tells us how to stop a brakeless fixed gear bike. The instructions include:
* 1.1 Step 1: Find a Safe Place to Practice
* 1.2 Step 2: Anticipate Your Stops
* 1.3 Step 3: Choose Your Braking Method
o 1.3.1 Pace Pedaling
o 1.3.2 Skid Stopping
* 1.4 Step 4: Practice, Practice, Practice
* 1.5 Step 5: Fill out a living will
Ho ho ho. Filling out a living will. Very ironic. Very hip.
Here are some ideas I have about how to bring a fixed gear to a stop in short order:
1) Get a set of brakes.
2) On uphills
* 2.0 Step 0: Be an ironic, clove-smoking, Pabst-drinking hipster.
* 2.1 Step 1: Approach a steep hill.
* 2.2 Step 2: Attempt to ride up it.
* 2.3 Step 3: Grind to a halt.
* 2.4 Step 4: Walk up hill. Leave fixie on hill, chained ineffectually to a parking meter.
3) Ride into a car in traffic.
4) Crash when you forget to keep pedaling.
5) On downhills:
* 5.1 Step 1: Clip in
* 5.2 Step 2: Start down the hill
* 5.3 Step 3: Realize the steep hill has overpowered your leg strength
* 5.4 Step 4: Spin 187 RPM until your legs totally blow
* 5.5 Step 5: Auger in and grind to a complete stop.
Truthfully? If you have to go to Wired to figure out how to stop a fixie, you really don't have any business riding one, much less the brakeless type. Seriously, it's great that you're riding, but use that flip flop hub and rock the single speed with brakes for a while, or at least get some brakes. New riders are good for cycling. New dead ones? Not so much, unless you leave your gear to me in your will. In which case, go to town, brah!