Driving home tonight, approaching a left turn with a cyclist in front of me. 100m to go so I hung back and slowed rather than overtake and risk left hooking him because we has doing 20 mph+.
As the bike slowed for the junction he slid the back end out by 45°, then did it again and again. All over the road. I jammed the anchors on because I initially thought he was going to drop it right in front of me.
The chap was achingly cool. Fixie, narrow bars, skinny tires, dark clothing and woolly hat, illegal rear light. So what. But, if scrubbing off speed involves sliding it like a speedway rider on a busy road then it is probably not the best bike for the conditions.
My question. Do all fixies do this when taking off 20 mph downhill in the ice or did this guy just not know how to ride it safely?