In the beginning of the summer, I posted a thread looking for advice about climbing. I had some steep hills I wnated to get up, and can on my road bike. I VOWED I would make it up those hills by the end of the summer.
I am sorry to report failure. I just can't muscle that bike up those grades. I think it's the weight of it, the thing weighs a third as much as I do.
In fact though, I am riding the bent less and less. I find it awkward to get in and out of the storage area of my apartment due to its length and weight. Finding places to chain it, and in fact chaining it at all is a big hassle. Riding in traffic is doable, but seems less effective than an upright. I can't wear a skirt when I ride it and need clip on shoes.
On long rides, for fun, on flat and rolling terrain, the bent is very nice. For day to day use, it is not working out.