I haven't owned a bike since I was 10 yrs old but I went through a phase with "pegs," my friend upgraded to a Haro (and I went to team sports), I've seen the movie "Rad" a hundred times (huge part of my youth!) and I'm 32 so I recall when a "10-speed" was synonymous with road bike.
I don't want a road bike. I don't want a mountain bike. I have serious mtn bike friends and road riders and all say don't buy a hybrid.
I love the idea of a single-speed, but I don't live in the city (I live in Westchester County, NY...and it is hilly).
I've looked at the kt-22, the surly bikes, etc.
I don't know squat about specs.
I'm thinking of building a 3-speed.