Fixed gear or 'fixies' seem very popular around towns and cities at the moment. I often see people zooming around the roads, through traffic and up/down curbs on them. Bike messengers also seem to use them for there profession, which to me suggests its not just a fashion thing?
Why is this, Do they make the perfect 'get around town' bike?
Are they more durable, strong, nimble and more suited to this style of cycling than normal road bikes?
I am moving soon and will be doing the above. I currently have a normal road bike and am wondering if getting a fixie for this would be better and save some wear and tear on my road bike. I am considering something like this Felt Brougham but i dont want it just sitting in the shed with no use.