Article in Chicago Tribune about Fixed Gear Trend
Brakeless bikes are the latest in-thing for the cycling set. But amateur riders pose a hazard to others, observers say.
By Megan Twohey | Chicago Tribune reporter
August 31, 2008
It was dusk in Wicker Park, and cyclists wearing fitted jeans, caps and hooded sweat shirts were gathering for a nighttime ride.
Different frames and colors flashed in the streetlight—a Cinelli Vigorelli, sleek and white; a red Motobecane with purple grips.
But in a controversial and increasingly popular trend, not one of the bicycles had brakes. As the cyclists glided onto the streets on their fixed-gear bikes, the only way for them to slow down was to force the rear wheels into a skid.
State law prohibits riding brakeless bikes on the streets, but that hasn't stopped a growing number of young people from hitting the road with bicycles they see as pure and stripped-down.
Rest of the article here.
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