Lubers! I saw your thread before purchasing this. Nice work on a beautiful bike.
Grim, I thought the gearing was odd too. I'll see how it is tomorrow on my first commute to work. I've fitted it with a rack, a headlight and a small bag under the seat and it holds everything I need. Tomorrow will be a 28 mile round trip that I used to do on my road bike + back pack. This should be a vast improvement.
Oh how strange it is to look forward to work for once! I guess it's just the way there, though :-) I love that a bicycle can do that to me!