Fifteen miles so far, and these are my impressions:
She's fun to ride. The gear must be very similar to the one I use most often on my MTB. On most of my rides, I don't really shift much anyway, unless there's a noticeable hill or a LOT of headwind.
I like being a bit higher off the road, but I don't like reaching a bit farther for the water bottle.
I still don't like the sidepull brakes; they work but don't seem to respond when I want to stop quickly. Pulling the levers tightly does not give more braking power than ordinary pulling. I have to anticipate stopping a bit more carefully.
I like being released from having to remember to downshift when coming to a red light, so that starting up again will be easier. It will just be what it will be!
The front wheel is very itchy, I discovered, if/when I stand on the pedals to hammer up a short incline. I had to be pretty careful or I would have lost control. It won't take long to get used to this, however.
I love how quiet Lucky is. When I'm pedalling along, there is NO noise. Not even tire noise. Is that because the tires are so narrow? I don't hear a THING.
I feel more of the bumps than on my Trek, which I figure must be because there's no front shock. It's a slightly rougher ride.
My hands are in a slightly different position than on the Trek, and it feels like they're supporting more weight. Wasn't a problem so far, but I'm going to monitor that for a while. I do like the new handlebars.
I have to decide whether to get a backpack for my gym clothes, or library books, etc. or outfit Lucky with a rack on the back. I already have gym bags and bungee cords, so it seems like the second option makes more sense.
I think of this bike as my SUB -- a sports utility bike. Perfect for my urban rides, but I wouldn't want to do much serious climbing with her. I think I could do a metric century on her. All in all, she's a neat vintage ride.
And last but not least, it's weird having to choose which bike to take out. I don't think I EVER owned more than one bike at any one time in my entire life!