My new bike is supposed to arrive via the Brown Santa on Friday at the place where I work. My first ever ride on a fixie will be riding that puppy during commute hour traffic on busy streets. Smart, huh?
Anyway... it's set up fixed. It has a flipflop hub, but no freewheel on the other side.
My question is about stopping. I will have front and rear brakes. When I ride a bike that can coast, as I approach a stop I tend to pedal to the bottom of a stroke and then coast while braking to a stop (routine stop, like a stop sign or stop light). Then when stopped I slide off the seat and put a foot down.
It occurs to me that this technique isn't going to work on a fixie where as long as the rear wheel is moving, so are the pedals. Short of the "hop off the back" technique Sheldon Brown describes on his site, what is the normal way to stop one of these things.
I realize it's a simple question, but I'm a simple guy.