I just got a great deal on a single speed mountain bike at the Trek store in Louisville. They’re giving $100 off every bike in the store for the entire month of May.
Despite the great deal, my decision to get a single speed was somewhat spur of the moment. I spent a good portion of the morning cleaning the chain and derailleurs on my regular bike. Like usual, I spent the entire time making a mess and hating it. This time it bothered me so much I decided to do something about it. Single speeds are simpler mechanically, and are supposed to require less maintenance.
I plan on keeping my regular mountain bike for longer trips and for serious mountain riding. But for my daily commute and after work rides, I’ll probably stick with the single speed. Rumor has it that single speeds make your legs stronger, so that may be a nice bonus.