Riding fixed, requires a skillset not required when cycling freewheel single speeding. The very idea of braking without some type of metal-linked braking mechanism just baffles the mind of the conventional cyclist, and most witnessing members of the public. Additionally, the idea of not being able to coast downhill impresses most conventional cyclists as more of a handicap, than anything else.
IMHO, cycling single speed is the most efficient and practical manner in which to cycle, when hills are not a serious challenge. However, just like "correct gearing" and fixed gear cycling, "difficult hills", are all a matter of individual judgment, and are all subject to personal perception, taste, and feelings, too!
Therefore, riding "fixed" as a preference, is simply a matter of choice...
Different strokes for different folks!
I'd hate to have to give up riding fixed, if I had highly developed fixed gear riding skills! Skills that most definitely require time, commitment, and talent.
Last edited by WestPablo; 06-14-14 at 02:03 PM.