I have a new project that I want to undertake this summer. I wanted to build up a geared bike to take on longer trips between cities and also around town bike as I'm moving to a hillier area come may.
Now I was thinking of finding an old road bike to fix/tune up, but then the idea of a three speed hub or five speed popped into my head. I think this would serve my purposes as even before i converted my bike now, i really only used three gears, one for flat ground and two for hills.
I really appreciate the cleaner look of having no derailleur and also the lower maintenance and greater durability.
However I know internal hubs suffer from being much heavier and lost efficiency in some gears.
Now would it be worth it to go this route or should i just suck it up and get gears? This would go on an old 80's road frame that will be taken long distances but also used around town.
EDIT: also I'd figure I ask this in SSFG since there would be more appreciation of singlespeed aesthetic rather than just "don't be dumb get a derailleur"