Is fixed/single speed for me?
I'm proficient with bicycles growing up, except that I've broken 5-6 of them. Either the break starts malfunctioning and frictions with the wheel even when i'm not pressing, the pedal falls off, the derailleur gets caught into the chain. These were all bikes given to me growing up so I just tossed them when they broke. Frankly, I'm tired of extra parts just causing trouble so the simplistic idea of a fixie appealed to me.
I'm looking for a bike that could last me in the long term and I've never experienced with fixies or single-speed but the BMX i once had and got stolen. I don't have a big commute to do on bike beside going through a hill. A multispeed bike would overcome this problem easily, however, they've caused me far too much problem in the past. Assuming the little hill isn't too much trouble for a single speed bikes??-- I'm considering a fixie with a hub that can switch if I ever don't like it, or a single speed?? I live in Canada, so I can't simply just order the kilo TT. That'd be cool. There's tons of fixies selling around, even local brand fixies also. I don't want to pay for something that isn't worth it's price y'no? What should I be paying for the average craigslist kind of fixie?? I think this'd be the easiest way to narrow down my choices. Oh, and is there anything I do about knowing the reliability of the bike?? I REALLY do not want another one to break on me..