Get toe clips and straps, or a brake. At least one or the other. It's really not efficient, smart, safe, or make-you-look-like-you-know-what-you're-doing-ish to ride a brakeless bike with no foot retention.
This will keep you alive by allowing you to stop in a controlled, expedient, non-crashing manner. Try stopping on a dime with your bike set up the way it is; I guarantee you'll need at least a half a block to stop from full speed.
Also, foot retention will allow you to skid properly. You need to be able to lift up on the front foot while pressing down with the rear foot. (If you see someone skidding without foot retention or brakes, then you can safely assume that their gearing is waaay lower than yours.)
Now, do something to convince me that I haven't wasted my breath and/or been nice to you for no reason. Grouchgrouchgrouch.
Last edited by skinnyland; 07-16-09 at 07:02 AM.