Hello all. This is kind of a follow-up to a previous thread.
I had asked for advice vis-a-vis swapping my Raleigh Venture comfort bike to a comfort hybrid. It was pointed out to me that by going to a narrower tire I would notice a difference. I did just that and switched from 26 x 1.95" tires to high pressure (100 psi) 26 x 1.5" slicks. As I posted before this change made an incredible difference.
Just this past Monday I made an additional change: like most comfort bikes the seat post is cushioned in that it can float up and down. Well the amount of "float" is adjustable. So I turned it down all the way to the point where it doesn't move even when putting great downward pressure on it. As the floating seats rob much of the pedaling energy, this change has also made a large difference.
So I think I'll go another year or so with my "new" bike and then consider a flat bar road bike. I do need an upright riding position due to a herniated disc in my lower back (at L4/L5), but I do appreciate some decent performance without struggling with and up every small rise and hill.