Well, that is exactly what makes them special. They’re built in a way that sets them apart from other bicycles. One of their main attractions is their low weight, thanks to the absence of added parts, which are required for a geared bicycle. It is also the more mechanically efficient bicycle with less required energy to operate because it has the most direct power transfer from rider to the wheels. Also, some believe that fixies encourage a more effective pedaling style. However, many people choose to ride fixies without brakes, a cultural norm introduced by the community that brings an element of unpredictability. But this doesn’t stop people from riding fixies all over the world, although there are different laws among countries that state the potential illegality of the riding a brakeless fixie. In Spain, all bicycles are required to have an adequate brake system on front and rear wheels, plus a bell. In France, a bike must have two brakes, two lights, numerous reflectors, and a ringer to be approved for road traffic. The laws are rarely enforced, however, and the sight of all kinds of non-officially-approved bikes is common, as we can see in this video. In United States – The use of any bike without brakes on public roads is illegal in many places, but some have argued a way around this based on the wording of the law, allowing the legs and gears to be used as a brake.