i'm somewhat of a newbie here. i've been commuting in nyc for the last 17 years, in the past, mostly on el-cheapo $150 mountain bikes and most recently on a bog-fatty tired freestyle/jump bike. i ride somewhat hard and have bent my older cheap bike frames jumping off of curbs, running over potholes, and riding over cobblestone and the like. that's why i chose such a unlikely bike for commuting, besides, i like the way the bike looked (trek bruiser). anyway, this bike was stolen last week (i was drunk, and leaned it against the door of a deli and as soon as i turned my head towards the counter, someone grabbed it and jetted).
so recently, i rode a friends single speed fixed bike and then tried out some road bikes with flat bars at the LBS and decided that i wanted a more road bike for my commute (pedaling such a fat tire is really too much work). after pricing some name-brand bikes (specialized sirrus, gary fisher menona), i decided that i could probably build something custom for the same price or just a bit more ($700-$850).
i chatted with a friend who was a fixed bike aficionado and asked for his advice, and we came up with having a bike built for me at a LBS which i had not known (which he pointed out to me was just a few blocks away and specialized in fixies)
so i went over there and found a friendly staff who were bike crazy. they recommended either a pake frame, a soma frame or a moth frame. i decided that i wanted gears for my ride over any one of the bridges instead of a single speed, so the shop recommended an 3 speed or 8 speed internal hub. i wanted slight riser bars, a comfy brooks saddle, front and rear brakes, and 700c wheels and slick tires.
does anyone have experience with these eternally geared hubs? i'd like some advice on which ones to are better than the others. are there any hubs that have disc brake mounts? on the moth frame i'm looking
at, it isn't possible to mount a standard brake so if i went that route, i would need to get a disc brake for the rear.
feel free to give me any advice on building a custom commuter bike.
thanks all for your advice!