Finally got the new Fuji America out today. Put in about 20 miles just meandering around for a while before picking up some groceries.
The Fuji Americas basically rock. In theory, it is a touring bike and the steering is pretty stable. But the bike seems to encourage you to get on the drops and start hammering. Lotsa fun.
I must say, the Fujita F17 Professional saddle, which hasn't a mark or sitbone dent, may as well be sculpted from granite. I've ridden a fair amount of leather and there is no give at all in one of these. Makes a Brooks Pro feel like an overstuffed chair. But I was starting to get used to it by the end of the ride and it looks pretty classy, so I'm optimistic that things will work out.
Here is the bike today.
Those are Carradice Super C panniers so I can hit the grocery store on the way home. I've had this set for about 10 years and they are still going strong. Carradice is classy little British company w/super products. Rivendell used to tout them alot, but now, since Riv has their own line of bags, well...um, its complicated...
But we have no conflicts of interest here - be sure to check Carradice out when you are in bag shopping mode, they are the real deal.