Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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IMO a first bike should be either some sort of hybrid, or a non-suspension mtn bike set up for road use with smooth tires.
Since you say you like riding road bikes, I assume you;re comfortable with the riding position with drop bars. So going that route makes sense. Buy a road bike with gearing matched to your local terrain.
A fixed gear bike though trendy isn't well suited for commuting of general purpose riding, though some experienced riders find them liberating. If the terrain in your city is flat you might consider a single speed bike with a freewheel and brakes, then if/when you're ready switch to a fixed gear. But the problem is that as newbie you don't yet have enough experience to know the gearing you want, and experimenting is going to cost.
Ride a multi gear bike, decide on what gears you need, and whether single speed makes sense, then consider that for a second bike if/when the urge happens.
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