so my old touring bike an i are taking on an MS benefit tour at the end of April. I will be riding 100 miles in 2 days. I started seriously training this week, riding over 30 miles yesterday, half of those miles were up wind (a 22 mph wind i was riding against), which was exhausting. and i have the old strap pedals, and not clip ins, which makes riding more challenging. but that's ok. i love my touring bike almost as much as i love my dutch utility bike.