I have a question for all the american guys (and girls), something which is puzzling me for quite some time now.
Are track bikes (brakeless, of course) illegal in the united states? Everywhere? Does it depend on the state your living in?
I am asking, because in Germany, track bikes are completely illegal. The German law clearly states that all bikes have to have two brakes, which can be operated independently. Bikes also need:
1.) a bell
2.) lights (battery operated ones are NOT legal.),
3.) reflectors in the front and the rear
4) spoke reflectors
5.) pedal reflectors
(Of course my track bike is completely legal )
And the german police is actually enforcing it. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time and the police gets a hold of you (and the officers have a bad day), your bike will be checked, you will be registerd and forced to repair/add the missing features. I know of people who where forced to add the missing reflectors on their bikes. If your caught with no brakes, you have to pay a nice fee and add brakes to your bike. If that is not possible you have to prove that you have destroyed the bike.
So let me know about the situation in the states.