Thursday, September 4, 2008

Meanwhile In Chi-Town: "No brakes, and they like it"

Full Chicago Tribune article here. 

" 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.

While some cyclists say experienced riders are capable of safely handling these bikes, others insist no one should ride one on a public street. Critics say the bikes create potentially dangerous conditions at a time when cycling is on the rise

Critics are particularly contemptuous of wannabe bike messengers they say are wiping out, flying through red lights and crashing into people."

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