In fairness Steve you're probably on the wrong forum, or at least the wrong thread - there is a fixed/singlespeed thread on here. If we pitched up on a modern cycling forum (carbon frames, 11-speed groupsets etc) with steel-framed 10-speed bikes with shifters on the down tube there would be plenty who didn't agree with our choice of bike. Your Dawes looks fantastic but as others have said, it's not about your skills or reading the road, it's about being able to control the bike in a situation when some idiot in a car does something utterly unpredictable and irrational. As your only concern is aesthetics (and that's your choice) why not fit C-Record Deltas or some other easy-on-the-eye brake?
When someone calling himself 'AmberGambler' is giving you sensible advice you know you sould be thinking about it...
"The champions have better bikes, more expensive shoes, many more pairs of cycling shorts than we do, but they have the same roads" - Tim Krabbé