Hi. Just finished building my fixed gear project. Only wanted to build single speed cause it seemed like the simplest way to learn how a bike was built. Got seduced by the idea of fixed from various friends who touted the joys of riding fixed. Having put the parts in place, I haven't yet attached a front brake to my machined front wheel but I have two issues:
1. I decided on going with the powergrip pedals because I only wear sandals while riding. My forward pedal rubs on the front tire if I'm turning the wheel at a certain angle. Has anyone experienced this? Not sure if my foot is just too big (size 13) or if this is common.
2. I rode the bike to a bar 5 blocks away and a peculiar man bought me and my roomate two schooners. Riding away buzzed I happened to hit a wet patch while turning and slid sideways into the street. I'm not sure if it's the smaller wheelsize (I'm used to riding a 35c hybrid tire) or a general sensitivity that's specific to fixed bikes or the fact that I was buzzed. Rode away with a couple of body skid patches but no regrets.
Any experienced opinions are graciously appreciated.