I don't know if this has been posted previously since this is my first day on here.
But I will never get brakes for my fixie. I've been riding for a long time and there is nothing like it. I switch to my regular geared road bike and find myself trying to pedal backwards. I don't feel like I have that "zen." Yes, that is probably cliche, I really don't care. When you do not have brakes you become more aware and in the moment. With brakes you KNOW you have the option of safely stopping. Without, there is always the increased risk of injury or- death. Now maybe I'm just crazy and not afraid of getting hurt!