Well I bit the bullet and picked up the wifes bike yesterday, We managed to get in 10 miles with no rain on the BA trail today, nice out 60 degrees, shorts and jersey for me, that was plenty.
She was able to maintain 16-19 much longer than she could with the MTB, she's hoping to get some saddle time 30-60 minutes per day in. I had her promise she'll do the hill climb come august.
She's getting use to the shifters, big change from rapid fires for her. She did really good.
of course she took my fenders being the nice person she is, so I ended up with a nice wet stripe, Also riding behind her with fenders, I got plenty of water being splashed at me.