I am always impressed most by people who ride with kids on the back. I have real respect for people who do the tescos run / school run with a trailer on - I hope that'll be me in the future. However, with the added years and weight (me & the kiddie trailer) I doubt I'd be doing that fixed!
As other people have also experienced, my dad is well impressed that I ride fixed and said that he used to as a teenager. I get the feeling it had cudos then, too. When I ride off after a few beers with him, I get the feeling that he respects my independence and is glad I'm not an automaton reliant on public transport to ferry me round town.
A lot of these conversations remind me of the scene in Life Of Brian: "People's front of Judea? Splitter!"
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