...I just went around my usual loop 35km for the first time since I returned from my tour last week. Wow! I have never been around it that well, I felt (dare i say it) almost light! No stops, just right round, no huffing and puffing and no lactic acid in my legs. the bike felt like it was made of paper even though there was a westerly wind. ..I just hope I can keep this up when the winter comes. Only thing was that i felt the bike handled better under a full 4 pannier touring load...much more solid....but considering that i was literally having to walk around half of this loop just a few months ago I am pleased. I am definatley getting a lot of benefit out of this cycling lark...fitter, thineer (ish) and happier.