Since I got the Trek (used), I had only taken it out around the block a few times, & took it to the LBS (Trek dealer) for a going-over & fitting adjustments. Today it was 70F & I had the day off, so it was a good time to start getting used to it.
My neighborhood is one of the few in Columbus that has some hills; although only .05 to .2 miles in duration as the streets run into & out of the creek ravine they are a little steep. So I was able to practice shifting with the brifters & triple (this one makes it easier...no, wait, that's way harder!) and got about 12 miles in. I think that the seat is still a tad low, I was feeling it in my knees a bit, and at about mile 10 the rear brake started really rubbing --I had to flip the release up to loosen it for the rest of the way home. Any ideas what happened there?
Overall it was a nice ride & felt good to be out in sunshine...The wind was starting to gust so that I had to pedal even on the downhills (winter is coming back tonight). I can't say that this is the perfect bike for me but it will be a pretty good first bike as I transition into riding more, I think. It was easy to handle & sure feels different on those hills than the target bike that I rode last year --not that they were easy to me!!