Fixed-gear bicycles – or so called Fixie Bikes are a new fad in the San Diego area. They are also allegedly responsible for a recent San Diego fixie bike accident that killed a 17-year-old boy.
Fixies are modified bikes that don’t ride like your average multiple-speed bicycle. Unprepared riders can be bucked off if they don’t know how to stop. The pedals are always in motion when the bike is moving- meaning you can never stop pedaling and just coast. If a rider wants to stop the bike, his or her legs must be strong enough to stop the pedals.
Kids love them because they’re reliable, and less likely to break down.