So hi, hi, I'm a new bicycle convert looking for a new set of wheels that would do me some good in the 'hood, where my 'hood consists of small mountains and horrible hills that know no end; I live in Asheville, nestled inbetween 394484 mountains. I'm a 6'0" college girl that generally weighs about 210lbs, sans diet and exercise, and have recently given up my car(!) so I can ride to school and the bar.
I got a 12-speed Peugeot, and foolishly thought I'd be able to power up the hills around here with ease; I've got pretty hefty thigh muscles from Roller Derby, even though they've been unused for about 6 months since I broke my foot in a tequila-and-skates incident. BUT THIS WAS NOT THE CASE.
So, I come to you guys'n gals asking for advice; what kind of roady-type bike should I get that would eat the hills up? Have you had any good experience with some? Horrible experience with others? Why do most commuter bikes consist of 3-to-8 speeds? That is preposterous!
So my price bracket consists of: heller dirt cheap! I am ridiculously poor, ie, college student, so, $700 is my absolute most expensive.