I'm a very experienced road rider. I recently purchased a SSFG, flipped the wheel and rode fixed for the first time today.
Pedaling along felt very normal but is there a technique to starting and stopping with grace and style?
I've seen fixed riders do a little jump off the saddle just as they come to a stop or come to a complete stop while still in the saddle and extend the unclipped foot "tippy-toes" to the ground. Picking up the bike by the seat to rotate the cranks before starting and walking the bike with one foot while the other is still clipped to turn around are all things I have seen fixed riders do. I totally get why after trying FG for the first time today.
Coming from a road background, starting and stopping like this (I had enough self-respect to not pick up the back of the bike by the seat) made me feel like an uncoordinated fred at best. Isn't there a technique to starting and stopping which leaves a rider with some dignity? Or is looking like a clutz part of the "track bikes are supposed to be difficult to ride" allure of fixed gear?