I started cycling with a mountain bike, because...honestly...I couldn't afford a road bike. Besides, I was just going to get hot and tired and quit anyway, so why bother putting down all that money on something that was just going to rot away in the corner.
Well it has been a month so I went out and bought a pair of Giant Ergo bar ends. I am sick of my hands going numb on me and I heard they help on climbing...somehow?
Well a 2 day break due to 100+ degree temps and a pair of bar ends later and my average speed went from 12.0 to 12.6 mph!
I find myself leaning forward on hills...and there are so many hills...I suppose that is how you use them? But I can't deny the notable speed increase that came after I put them on.
To all those here, thanks for all the advice, support, and motivation.