I just registered for this forum because I'm trying to find myself a new bike and it's be an arduous process given that I'm a total noob to bikes in general. I'm coming from two really beat up vintage 70s road bikes and a brutally heavy hybrid bike. Right now I'm looking at a 1987 Miyata 912 road bike which is in great shape for $500, or a new single speed for $550. I'm in average shape for my age and my area has a number of hills, but only a few that are a real challenge. I was just about to buy the Miyata when a friend who is crazy into biking recommended that for a similar price I could get a new and better single speed. I have just ordered the parts online to build it, but I'm having second thoughts, as most people around me are saying it will be very difficult to deal with the hills. Do you think the Miyata is overpriced, or that the single speed will be too difficult? I live in BC, where used road bikes are quite pricey. I intend to use the bike for all purposes.
Thanks a bunch! (If I should post this somewhere else please let me know)