Well, I finally got my seat post squared away and off we went. I only rode about a mile around the neighborhood. This was my first ride in 10 years or so and the first at this weight.
The good news:
Liberty purrs as I ride her. Shifting is quiet and the tick when coasting brings me back to my 1976 Schwinn 10 speed days. This is the first road bike that I have ridden since that 10 speed and I find it difficult not to over steer. The front seems so light compared to a mountain bike, and the resistance of the wheel against the road in a turn is nothing compared to the mountain bike. I know that the Brooks saddle will be uncomfortable after a long ride, but I was surprised that it was so comfortable just to sit on for the short range. My sit bones seem to be perfectly situated on the saddle.
I felt no undue flex in the frame and the wheels are rock solid.
The bad news:
Man, you might not forget how to ride a bicycle, but you forget how to ride it well. I was semi-out-of-control for my ride. The steering was part of the reason, but there was another reason no so easy to overcome. My weight combined with out of shape back and stomach muscles make for a hard ride. My center of gravity took a lot to get used to, but I found my balance. Even with the balance achieved my mass can cause my bike to swerve if I make sudden movements. It will take time to over come this situation
I thought that I would take to the riding a little more easily than this, and have had to adjust my expectations. This is not a big deal. It will just take a little longer and I will have more fun relearning the fine points of riding my bike.