I bought my Giant Escape II and went back to riding as much as possible on my birthday July 23. I have been adding miles to my rides gradually getting up to 15-20. Today I decided to try to ride to Nocona (Texas) and back which is a 40 mile trip. I made it over there ok refilled my water bottles and bought a Payday.
I started feeling queasy a few miles into the return ride. A couple of breaks and I was making it but was wearing out. 7 miles from home my back tire picked up a piece of wire. I had a patch kit and pump but decided to make the call of shame and get my wife to pick me up.
To add insult to injury or maybe the other way around I sat down in the shade to wait and sat on a bunch of grass burs. Got them out and moved to a place that I carefully inspected and sat on some more. Needless to say I was standing up when she got there.
After 400 miles I am very happy with my Escape.