I want to buy a bike that I can use on the steep urban hills where I live. When I leave my house it's easy, I go straight down. Getting back could be a problem.
MTB's have great gear ratios but they have friction and weight working against them.
I really like the idea of a road bike, but even those with a triple with Shimano 105's don't have front to back gear ratios that fall below 1.1 or so. Should a fit rider be able to make it up a steep urban (i.e. paved) hill, one that is challenging to walk up, with a 30/39/50 on the front and a 12-27 cassette on the rear? Or should I go with a hybrid?
I really need help before I invest $1400 or so in a bike.