Mea Culpa : Brakeless Fixed Gear Bikes Are Just Fine By Me!

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I guess my ideas about fixed gear bikes with no brakes was all wrong. The good folks in San Francisco make that very plain indeed. Guess I should have “done my homework” before criticizing the use of these kinds of bikes. Why no wonder even well known bike shops are offering fixed gear conversions to their customers. And here I thought that a brakeless bike was unsafe. Silly me!

A slick track didn’t deter the racers of Bring Your Own Big Wheel on Sunday. Outfitted in costumes and rain gear, or both, they took to Vermont Street in San Francisco’s Portero Hill for the annual running of the big wheels.

Here’s a look at this year’s race and past big-wheel-crashing action: