I just bought a '05 Bianchi Pista from the LBS and had a front brake added. The people there convinced me that the front brake wasn't enough stopping power to use as the only brake if I rode freewheel, so I left the bike in it's original fixed gear setup. The problem is that it's been a while since I've ridden any bike at all and I've never ridden a fixed whatsoever. Obviously it takes some time getting used to, but I'm pretty pathetic at riding it at the moment. Plus, when I was riding it home, at the end of my ride, the chain snapped. Brand new bike! Could I have been riding the bike incorrectly enough to break the chain on it's first ride?
Ultimately, I'm wondering if the LBS was wrong and if it doesn't make sense to set the bike up as a freewheel for now, while I'm acclimating myself to the bike and riding again. I'm not planning on racing or anything, just riding from here to there, so I feel like the front brake would be fine for that. True? Or should I just stick it out and stay on the fixed, presuming I'll pick it up sooner or later. I do want to learn to ride fixed eventually, just not necessarily immediately. Thanks for the thoughts.