Though I'm only in my first week back bike commuting, the gearing is not too high. It is more like pretty well set for my actual commute and some training rides. I probably wouldn't chose this bike for the Chilly Hilly, but for right around here it is working nicely. The gearing provides some zip on the flats and also provides some burn in the quads during the climbs.
Speaking of the Chilly Hilly, I'll very likely make that run again this year. Last year I took the Surly Moonlander.
This year I'm thinking the Surly Long Haul Trucker
but probably the Surly Big Dummy. Either is geared well for hills. Both have a Brooks saddle. The Long Haul Trucker needs a handlebar re-taping job. The Big Dummy,
with its Schwalbe Big Apple Tyres and a very long wheel base, rides like dream. The Big Dummy is a bit of a chore to get inside my vehicle. The Long Haul Trucker fits nicely on the rear bike rack.
Either way there much biking to be done. It feels great to be back at it.