Warning: long post. Hey guys, I've been on the hunt for a entry-level road bike lately. I ride a 16" Trek 3700 mountain bike to and from work and school, but for some reason find myself working rather hard with its heavy frame and treads. It seems to lose momentum very fast and the ride isn't very zippy or smooth. I haven't been able to find a deal that fits my budget yet, as I've never ridden a roadbike, and thus am not willing to invest too much initially, as I still love my Trek and plan on keeping it for rainy/snowy days when the knobbly wheels might help. But for now, I want to get a smoother/quicker ride on my daily commute. Since even entry-level roadbikes are out of my league, I was considering a few options: 1. Get a cheap commuter cycle (like the Kona Dew) and slap some dropbars on it. The Kona Dew runs me around $450 CAD around here. 2. Get an affordable single-speed (I was eyeing the Fuji Track, on sale right now for $479 CAD, or the Giant Bowery Mashup, a bit pricey at $650) and get some brakes on there. Maybe lower the gear ratio a bit. 3. Keep hunting for a decent roadbike deal. I've seen Norco CRD2s go for $450 and Specialized Sirrus' Sports for $600. Used. My main question is, how difficult is it to ride a single speed? I ride around the U of T campus area generally, normally only as south as Dundas. There's the slightest elevation gradient going north on Bay. Keep in mind I'm a relatively novice cyclist. I was only avid when I was a child--I did a lot of mountain-biking, then had a few accidents and moved to a city where I didn't dare cycle (Shanghai). My price range is anything between $300 and $600 I suppose, but I would rather keep it under $500. So my budget is tight, and my needs aren't big. My only caveat is that I want to avoid the enormous field of vintage cycles that I'm not sure about the reliability of. Cheers.