So Thursday afternoon I bought the bike I was asking about in this thread. It's a 1996 Trek 930.
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Forgive me for the picture not being perfect. It's early and I didn't want to wake my roommate by closing the garage door, and I guess I moved the pedals for some reason after I put the right one in the 6 o'clock position. Also, yes, I know my car is dirty. Sorry.
Thursday evening it was stormy here and I didn't even get a chance to test it out. So last night I decided to drive down the road to a church, and use the parking lot behind it as a secluded place to learn how to ride a bike again. I was pretty wobbly at first, but it all came back pretty quickly, of course. I got the starting and stopping down fine, but turning was still a little shaky. I definitely was a little afraid of turning too sharply and ending up on the ground.
I had to fool around with the seat height quite a bit, but I think I finally got somewhere pretty close to where I need to be at least. However, I'm certainly not in tune with the saddle yet otherwise. I didn't realize it until I was looking at the pictures I just took, but I think the nose might be tilted up a bit, which may be my problem. I feel like every bit of my weight on the saddle is on the soft fleshy parts in between my sit bones. I'm going to try plenty of changes to tilt, front-back position, and my own riding position before I write it off as too narrow, though. It may very well be, but I'll give it a chance first.
So this morning I went for my first ride. If you can call 3 minutes and half a mile around a looping street in a neighborhood that hasn't been built yet a ride. That was all I could stand on the saddle. My legs and lungs could have done at least 1 more loop, but my "soft tissue" did not feel good at all. The turning felt much more comfortable than last night. I probably didn't pedal more than 6 full revolutions in a row more than 2 or 3 times. The whole still moving while recovering thing is nice. I'll get back out there later today and try it again, and I think I'll try tilting the saddle forward a bit.
Sorry for the rambling, but I'm excited.