Not here to restart the timeless SS vs. Geared debate, but I'm facing a bit of an internal dilemma and would appreciate your $0.02.
My beloved Frankenbike was stolen a month ago. Miraculously, I just found it outside a church two blocks away. Unfortunately, the thief did a number on it (swapping out parts + terrible spray paint job), and now I have to rebuilt it.
a) Rebuild as a geared bike? It would need new front wheel, both brakes, cassette & chain.
b) Rebuild as a single speed? It would need new front wheel, new free wheel setup, both brakes, chain, and anything else I'm forgetting.
I live in Portland, OR. This is my beater bike for commuting around town. I know the pros and cons of each style from a riding standpoint; I'm more curious in your perspective around initial rebuild costs, ongoing maintenance costs, and reversability (i.e. if i end up not liking SS, how tough and costly would it be to switch back, and vice versa). Thanks!