Mr. Robinson & The FIXIE BikeMonday, April 16, 2012
One gear, you peddle like normal to make it go. You can also coast and brakes for stopping.
You pedal to make the bike go if you stop pedaling the bike stops. There isn't a need for brakes since the speed and stop of the bike is controlled by the pedals.
Sounds easy enough but but for the wife of a city commuter I had nightmares of Blake pedaling along, car pops out of nowhere, Blake gets caught of guard (STOPS) peddling and it thrown to his death.