Ride was good. Was impressed with the bike. Aluminum was much better than other aluminum bikes I've ridden, still a little jarring on road irregularities but overall a nice bike and good fit for me. Wouldn't have thought I was a 56 but it fit well. Did about 35 miles and felt much less abused than the last time I did the same on my fixed. Those geared riders really are on to something on hills.
I didn't love the Shimano 105 set up, but it could be due more to the fact that it just wasn't adjusted properly than any inherent flaw in the system. In the lower gears I kept encountering a situation where the back derailleur wouldn't upshift and then I'd hit it again and go up two gears.
Was riding a popular route (9w in New Jersey) and was just much more aware of the different types of road bikes and I don't think I saw a single one that didn't have a huge logo on it. Amazing the lack of variety in the branding of modern road bikes considering the diversity of brands etc. Guess there is just no market for subtlety. You'd think as the frames are inherently sexy looking that someone would want to call attention to the curves and lines by keeping the branding to a minimum and letting the minimal look be the brand as you have in lots of other arenas, but I guess not here.
Would like to try something carbon to see the difference in ride between the two materials and also ride a modern steel road bike to see how it goes.