I had forgotten that you were in flat florida
I'm not sure why you say a multi-speed bike in your price range would be constantly breaking, there are quality bikes out there in that price range, it just requires looking. Maintence? I shoot my chain with WD-40 and check the tires, oh and i wash the mud off.... and grease the shocks occasionally but thats irrelevant of single-speed vs multi. And thats on a 1200 dollar multi-speed mountain bike, it has lasted 6 years on that maintenance schedule.
But in your cituation i think you made a good choice. Plus single speeds make you work harder, get fitter.
Panda.... come on girl, we need some real pictures.
I definitely am not in the $1,200 price range. What do you ride? I was looking to spend no more than $200, but this was a nice bike, so I paid an extra $20 for it. Btw, you're not supposed to spray WD-40 on the chain, it sucks up all the moisture. Grease is the way to go, it'll make your gears and chain last far longer.
And yeah, single speed is a lot more effort, which is good, I bought this more for the exercise than for the getting around.
Lol, neither am i, i bought i a number of years ago for 800. Its a fully upgraded trek fuel 90.
I did not know that about wd-40.. i will switch. But it can't hurt too bad... as i say i have been using it for years.
This is what one looks like(not mine)
Mine has disc brakes, comfy seat, better tires, gear and sprocket upgrade. Basically anything that broke i upgraded. Love it to death. But i wouldn't recomend it for road riding, all that travel absorbs half your effort on a flat hard surface. Even with the rear shock locked out it leaves a lot to be desired on road. but on the trail its amazing.