So I sort of want to get me a cheap FG to keep at my parents' home in Puerto Rico for whenever I come visit for extended periods of time (such as right now. Been here for a week and a half and will be here for another two weeks).
Here's the thing: PR is hilly as ****, so if I want to get some real distance on the bike, I'll definitely need to hit some heavy slopes.
HOWEVER... my parents live in an area called Ramey, which is all built around an old Air Force base that now serves as an airport. This means that the area and a good chunk of terrain around it is mostly flat, with a few slight hills here and there. Nothing crazy. Terrain-wise, very similar to my current experience in NYC. Definitely manageable on SSFG.
Why not just get a road bike and be able to do it all? I prefer the simplicity of the SSFG. And again, if I will be down here on vacation anyways, then maybe instead of busting my ass tackling extra long distances and nasty hills, I can just get in some decent, more "leisurely" rides within a smaller area.
And also, if I'll get to use it once or twice a year, do I really want an expensive, hard to maintain road bike, as opposed to a cheap, easy to maintain FG?
Maybe I'm already answering my own question, but probably some of you may offer some more enlightening comments. Maybe someone will say "why not just get a cheapo MTB at kmart?" and that'll make perfect sense :B