It was a lovely day. Breezy and sunny. Rode the Ruby to our favorite breakfast joint and back, about 30 miles round trip. Lots of gentle grades. We know this ride well, and have done it a couple times each month since last summer. I noticed the difference between my Trek 7.2 FX and the Ruby Expert immediately. The Ruby felt crisp, yet buttery smooth, like a fine chardonnay. (Hey, I live in the Wine Country and saw Sideways at least three times.) Neck felt fine, hands and wrists were happy with the various positions the drop handlebars provide. The Ruby felt extremely responsive, but no uncomfortable road vibrations. I feel more coordinated on the Ruby than on my Trek. Like we are dancing together. My husband said that he was tired by the time we reached the restaurant because I'm riding faster and he had to work harder to keep up. I don't have a computer on the Ruby yet, so have no idea how fast I was going. All I know is that I wasn't trying to go fast, and the long uphill grades were much, much easier. On the way home, we were riding into a pretty stiff headwind. It felt nice to be able to get into a more aerodynamic position for a while when I got tired of fighting the wind. Even that 25 degree, three-block-long hill getting back to our house was much easier. (Yes, I got the triple and am glad to have it on this hill.)
My lower back is a little sore. I asked my husband to check my posture, and I was holding my back a little "sway back" as I am prone to do. (I'm really flexible, which sounds nice, but has caused me injuries in the past.) So I need to pay attention to how I'm positioning my back and try to keep it straighter. Also, the stock saddle has to go. (Ouch!) I'm also seriously thinking of adding extra brake levers that I can use when I'm not in the drops. (Thanks 50+-ers for the feedback about those in one of the other threads!)
Anyway, I was looking for a bike I could fall in love with. Still some fine-tuning to go, but I'm a very, very happy woman.