Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes: Bianchi Pista, Zebra fixie, Breezer Venturi, Breezer Lightning Pro
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You don't have to talk yourself into it, geared riding IS better for hilly, long distance.
Whether that's the kind of riding you enjoy is something else. For shorter, less hilly, or just casual rides I prefer fixed. My weekday, after work rides I go fixed. When I go longer, sometimes I just rest more frequently or don't worry about keeping my speed up. On my geared road bike, I find by the end of a long ride, I'm coasting more. Yes it's more efficient, but not boring. Instead I work on cadence, or hills I wouldn't take on the fixie.