Ok, so it's been a 8 days since I bought my bike and exactly a week of riding.
So I started riding last Wednesday and quickly discovered that my unconditioned bottom was not going to take the abuse of the harsh, extremely hard, saddle that came on my bike. Thursday I went to the bike shop to check out some of the saddles there.(must say Empire Bike in Poway doesn't have much selection) I bought a RoyalGel saddle for just under $30 and it made a huge difference. So I kept riding and Friday was a much nicer day as my tush had a chance to rest the day before. The ride was great, only about 20 minutes but still great.
Saturday I noticed some pain in my hands and wrists like when I type at the computer all day with bad posture and thought it was just my riding style. So I went out Saturday to ride and tried to change my seat around but it was in just the right place and I was still having pain in my hands. Looked around the forum and discovered that my handlebars might be the culprit. Sure enough I unhooked my front brake, raised the handlebars about 3 inches and wow did that ever make a difference, before they were way lower than my saddle. Felt great right off the bat. Unfortionately this was about 2 and a half inches above the max height mark so I have to buy a new quill stem if I plan on keeping this bike. I found one on Amazon that looks about right. Delta Rise Quill Bicycle Stem. The downside is I don't get paid untill next week and I don't have the money to get it now. So I basically bought a bike that was a bit to small for me. That's what I get for buying used for my first bike
Sunday-Tuesday passed without much incident, rode for about 15 minutes each day just for the saddle time.
Today my sister wanted to go for a ride with me and I believe we covered about 3 miles in about 25 minutes. The hills were torture but man was it fun to go back down them. We went on a loop around the neighborhood and it's a nice even grade uphill on one road, followed by a left turn with a steep upgrade for about a quarter block. The last left turn takes us to a nice even downgrade back to the house which was a great way to finish off the ride.
I took some pics with a nicer camera than the one used for my first post, but they will have to wait untill I can get a photo account(they're kinda big)