1.) Thanks for the advice last night. I took it out for a quick ride this morning and had considerably less stress on my wrists. Now all I have to do is get used to that seat so my butt quitshurting so much.
If you are going to be riding a long distance, invest in shorts. They really help. Get the Mountain bike ones and they look like regular shorts.
2.) I have SPD on one side and platforms on the other side of my pedals so I decided not to wear my clipless shoes (mostly because I forgot them in the car) this morning. It ended up being a pretty good thing because while rounding a corner I nearly plowed right into a group of kids riding thier bikes to school and taking up the entire path. I managed to slam on the brakes and fishtail through the group without hitting any of them. But if I had my feet snapped in I would have bit it hard.
We used to call those Campus pedals, very nice.
But; once you get used to the clips, you will find that they provide you more control in every situation, and you come out of them instantly. They are actually probably safer than regular pedals, even though they seem more dangerous.
Awesome, wish I had a flash new road bike. I chose the Rock Climbing gym membership this year instead.