I currently own 1 bike, a Kona Jake, which I use to commute about 13mi r/t, about 3-5 days per week. I bought the bike in late June and have put about 900 miles on it, about 80% to and from work (would be higher but I was out of the country for 3 weeks, tying the knot.)
Now..I want another bike (don't we all?), and thought that the winter months might be a good time to start accumulating parts, and building one, to learn more about bike building/mechanics, etc. So I've decided to go single speed, but my dilemma is, what type?
I'd originally planned to take an old road bike and convert to ss, to leave at my folks place at the beach (where it's dead flat terrain) since I go there often in the summer. But lately I've been wondering if maybe it'd be more fun, and would I get more use out of something built along the lines of a Redline Monocog? (whatever my decision, I plan to buy a used bike off craiglist for the frame/fork/wheels, and convert from there)
I guess my main question is- those of you with second (and more) bikes, do you think if your main rig is a road/cx style, you'd prefer your second bike to be flat bar/mtn style? As a weekend/beater bike, is going away from the drops I ride on a daily basis a bad idea, or more a matter of choice? I'm leaning towards something MTB style, that can get me to the store when necessary but can also handle terrain that'd be out of bounds for my Kona...