I got to ride with the local club for the first time last night and it was a blast. I showed up to the regular Monday-Night Ride and asked for the slow group. Turns out the slow group wasn't really the slow group, but they took it easy on me and rode a slow pace. Even so, It was a stronger pace than I'm used to, normally I amble along at 9 to 11-mph, and they were going 15 right off the bat. 15 is a normal sprinting speed for me unless the grade of the road is flat or a bit downhill. They made me work, but on the way back we were riding into the sun, so the leader took us into a residential sub-division and the pace lightened up considerably.
I was glad I dressed in layers because I ended up shedding my sweat pants and just riding in tights & shorts. I don't have proper bike shorts, and since I bought the recumbent I really don't 'need' them. Heck I wouldn't have the tights except that they were left over from a Gene Simmons costume I made about 6 years ago. In any case I'm sold, I need to buy some cycle clothes because the fleece and t shirt I was wearing got sweaty and not so nice, but the synthetics were fine and kept me warm without the sweat build up.
It was a lot of fun, too bad there are so few rides left in the season.