I have a single speed bike I purchased as a utility cycle for occasional commuting, going to the store, chores and various other car free stuff. I also ride this on 5-10+ mile rides through my neighborhood when the mood takes me. I do have other bicycles I use for longer rides, but I just really love riding this one.
Sometimes I think about getting how this would be much better for me if I could have some gearing. The bike has horizontal drop outs for the single speed wheel. In my newbie mind if I have a wheel builder make me a new wheel with a 3 or 7 speed hub, I should be able to have a shifter and wires installed. Is this all there is, or is their more to it?
The only reason I think about the gears is sometimes I have knee pain after doing a some of the taller local hills with this bike. I am pleased I can climb all the local hills (and some are pretty nasty) with the single speed, but some days (like today) it does hurt a bit afterwards. I get torn between pulling out my MTB or riding the Single Speed when I do hills, but since my utility bike is always sitting there, it may just be nicer to have that one set up for gears.