Walked 5.5 miles to the bike store just so I could ride it home yesterday. Then took her on a nice little 10 mile shakedown cruise. After the walk+ride, it was enough for me for one day. I'm only just getting back into the whole exercise thing again.
Did a longer 21 mile ride today but it was a pretty pedestrian pace and took me over 2 hrs. I've got a long way to go but it's going to be fun getting there.
As far as the bike goes, it's a perfect choice for the riding I want to do. I'm mostly on paved roads and paths but I don't worry when the occasional dirt stretch of path comes up and adjusting the front fork is smooth and easy to do while under way. The shifting is smooth and precise and the hydraulic disc brakes are so much smoother and more predictable then the manual disc brakes I had on my last bike.
My only real complaint would be the same I've read from others and that is the saddle isn't exactly comfortable. In fact my sit bones feel bruised right now and I probably won't ride tomorrow as a result. I definitely need to look into a more comfortable seat especially since my rides are likely to be in the 2+ hr range.
I've also been using the "mapmyride" free app and I quite like it for reviewing my route, times, speed, and elevation changes as well as calories burned. Not bad at all for a freebie.
Anyway just wanted to jump on and shrare my first couple of days on my new hybrid with everyone. Take care...
Softer saddle can cause you to sink into the saddle and cause pressure in between your sitbones that are not meant to bear weight. It can lead to issues like numbness in your genitals in some situations.
Just make sure the saddle is wide enough for your sit bones.