I've been riding off and on all summer, not to anywhere except the circuit of home, work, childcare, school...occasionally a jaunt around the neighborhood or to the store 9-10 blocks away. I started out riding the monster Schwinn, the old 7 speed I have with the massive seat. I used it because the new bike I had bought, a Schwinn mid-grade hybrid (7 speed, don't remember what it's called, too lazy to look) was the most uncomfortable thing I have ever inserted into my body. Yes I say inserted because that's what it felt like. It felt like the seat went into my ass just far enough to exert excruciating pressure on both hip bones (from the inside) as well as my sciatic. I would lose feeling in my right hand while riding it.... That plus it felt like I had to position my feet somewhere BEHIND and under me to find the pedals. Not pleasant or secure feeling. I rode the antique until some weirdo punk that was running around with my stepson slashed both my and my daughter's bike tires, which forced me to use the torture device. Now I love it! I no longer feel like I'm wearing it inside my body. I do still get tingles in my right hand but other than that minor irritation it's great. That minor irritation will improve...I can sit up and shake it out, it's a matter of strengthening muscles to relieve that pressure and that just takes a little time. I haven't been riding for a few weeks but I vowed we'd ride regularly to school this week, and today (day 2 of school) that's what we did. I'll pick them up on bike and we'll cycle home tonight. Plus I ride home and back at lunch (about 15 min each way, gives me 1/2 hour with the dogs, not too bad). It was a great day for bike riding, just a little chilly (enough to keep me from sweating too much on the gradual hills). I soooo want to teach Klaus to run with me when I'm riding but on the other hand I know that there is no way I can teach him without having him yank me over at some point. And that will hurt. Eventually, I'll do it anyway. Love my bike.