Thanks all -- it really is a fun bike. Sometimes it's just nice not to change gears and focus on what you can do with what you've got. Kind of freeing. I'll stick with this gearing for a while and see what happens. I will probably add a tooth or two to the chainring eventually, but whatever - it's all good.
Other thoughts: - I continue to like the inverted Albatross bars. I will add another layer of leather grip wrap, not because of vibration or soreness, but because the diameter with 1 layer just feels too small to me. - Confirmed on my ride yesterday that moving up into the curves on the inverted Albatross is really comfortable. I didn't do it that often; but, when I did, just to change things up, or esp. to climb, it felt natural and provided comfortable leverage when pumping up hills. And it looks cool :) - The 42mm Continental Contact tires ('basketball tires') are actually quite nice. This is my first set. Felt reasonably fast, and at ~42lbs pressure absorbed vibrations, bumps, and wooden bridge irregularities very well. Noiseless, too. - The Brooks B17 Imperial (has the central cutout) is such a great saddle. I have one on my Sam and love it. Just the right amt of support, enables moving around easily, and just enough give without needing springs. I really like it over the regular B17 or the Flyer. Tom -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "RBW Owners Bunch" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to rbw-owners-bunch+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/rbw-owners-bunch. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.