Re: First build questions on what type bike to buy...
IMHO it is all in what you want. Where I liver there are a few hills. Most are small, but some are really hard to peddle up. For this reason I went with an old 10 speed mountain bike and installed a jack shaft shift kit. The shift kit eliminates the front derailleur, so it is now a 5 speed. I really like it, but if I lived on all flat ground I would prefer a single speed cruiser since they have less parts and are more comfortable. A good compromise may be a three speed (internal hub type) cruiser with a jack shaft shift kit.