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Location: New Orleans
Bikes: 2004 Gunnar Rock Hound MTB; 1988 Gitane Team Pro road bike; 1986-ish Raleigh USA Grand Prix; mid-'80s Univega Gran Tourismo with Xtracycle Free Radical
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There is heated debate on this subject. Some fixies have caliper brakes, some have none. Many have only a front brake. Whatever your decision in the matter is, it will be criticised by someone.
If you are just converting, your best bet, in my opinion, is to put at least a front brake on it. Ride it around for a month or two. If you decide you don't need the front brake, remove it.