There have been a couple of threads about "beater bikes" and "bikes you can just jump on and ride" so I decided to give mine a try this afternoon. Actually, I had a couple of additional agendas 1) I wanted to explore a new route and I didn't want to do it on a recumbent and 2) I wanted to try out my elbows since I haven't ridden an upright bike in over a year.
I rode for around an hour and a half and everything went just great. The weather was perfect, my elbows remained pain free, the route to Creve Coeur Park was adequate to wonderful although I did ride counter-traffic for a shirt distance on the return, and the bike reminded me of why I love it so much. (Did I mention this is the bike I was riding when I broke my elbows?) The tushie? - well, lets just say I haven't been on an upright bike in over a year.
All-in-all a very satisfying ride.