I'm working in Stockholm, Sweden as a messenger and I'm riding a SS mtb. The thing is, I think I'm the only one, in Sthlm anyway. But there are a bunch of fixies rolling around.
I've never tried fixed besides one time for 20 seconds before I hit the ground. And I do agree a fixie would be a bit more cool, if not alot, specially if not having any brakes anyway.
Also I can really appreciate the ultimate simplicity of a fixed bike. Even if I did had an even more simpel bike when I was about three or four years old, namely the good old threewheeled, it had no chain and you cranked directly on the front wheel. Maybe that'd be a nice messaging bike. It even had this nice flake on the back too.
Anyway, what I'm aiming at: Can the fixie really be as good as a freewheeled SS disregarding the coolfactor in terms of getting from A to B in a highly trafficed cityenvironment?
I'm thinking even if the fixie has a frontbrake and a experienced driver. To me it just doesn't seem really practical.
Ooops, am I gonna get my head ripped off now?...