Today I took my first real ride on a road bike with drop bars. It's a borrowed older unit that's way too big for me (62.5 and I fit a 56) and has only the two chain rings so it's no hill climber. I'm almost 55 but consider myself to be in good condition. I rode 10 miles in 50 min. It didn't seem nearly that long because I didn't have a computor or watch with me so checked time on arrival and departure. It was some rolling hills and temps in high 30's. Aside from some equipment shortcomings, I really thought I could ave a little better speed than that. Guess I've got quite a ways to go yet. Gives me a lot to work on. Come spring, I will get a century done, no matter how long it takes me! I'll soon be getting my own road bike and it will be interesting to see how much improvement I get right away with better gearing and a good fit.