I can confirm there is one full time bike messenger in Liverpool. you can't miss him he's 8 foot tall and incredibly scouse. he is the only one.
After watching an ace documentary about New York bike couriers in the 80's/early 90's I was tempted to try this. But I think it was the nostalgia of that age and the NYC backdrop that tempted me. When I think about doing it in my own city (Sheffield) it doesn't seem that much fun.
plyphon - Member
brakeless is pretty silly, most fixed riders use at least a front brake.
Never, ever seen a fixie with any brakes.
not very observant then...
a front brake is a legal requirement in the UK,in fact,a 'functioning brake on each wheel' is a legal requirement,on a fixed wheel your legs count as a brake.
a 'fixie' is just that. i.e. a bike with a fixed,as in permanent drive,no freewheel.
the amount of brakes are irelevent,track bikes are 'Fixies' but so is any bike with one,or two wheel brakes,as long as it's er,fixed wheel....
and yes,of course there are always going to be cockjockeys who think riding brakeless on the road is cool.
but not as bad (quite) as the bmx'er with no brakes,lights,or even a fixed wheel,who shot out of the park onto a main road infront of my car tonight.
'Fixie' is just a slang word for a fixed wheel bike. A track bike is exactly what it says, a bike for riding on the track. To be a track bike it has to conform to the rules of the track it is ridden at. I.e. No brakes, a certain height for the BB depending on banking angle and in some instances even the tyres are specified (you are not allowed to use Michelin at Manchester) and drop bars for bunch racing (no pursuit bars). Some velodromes have a gear inch limit too.
It was the Hoxton/Clerkenwell fixie lot that made cycling cool in London. We have a lot to thank them for
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