After trying fixed gear up for size for a couple of weeks, I personally don't want to say goodbye to brakes. My (very short, admittedly) experience suggests that it's reckless to ride without brakes - or at least, it is, for me. Maybe because I'm a beginner. Also, I want to spare my knees as much as possible, and it seems that forceful backpedaling may be bad for them.
On the other hand, there are accounts that show fixed gear biking to be good for one's knees.
So, as unscientific as this may be, I am curious to know how much fixed gear bikers use brakes. Hence this poll. I am sure there will be at least one post saying "what a stupid poll". I'll survive