I have a '94 bontrager racelite 8 spd, and I've always liked the intricacies of derailleurs. Love the way they work. Mmm, marvels of technology they are. Anyway, about a year ago, I thought about simplicity - no shocks, more that one gear, no clipless, and I think I am moving that direction. I tried single speeding for the first time today, and I must say, I was really suprised at how fun it was, how fullfilling as well. I was able to go up all the hills I regularly do in a lower gear (BTW, my gear ratio was 34/17). I didn't have to get frustrated with my derailleur, and I noticed the relative silence, except when I was descending (my derailleur was slapping up and down, which always is the case, but I noticed it more now that my mind was attuned to single speeding it). Anyway, I'm gonna do it more, until I can really know if it is for me or not. I've been lookin' online for different SS bikes, and a few stand out to me for 1500 and under, one especially (Jamis Exile SS). Steel frames are important to me. They are good, aluminum is not. Hardtails are important to me. They are good, DS is not (for me at least). Anyway just my thoughts. Any suggestions? Any SSers in Vermont?