After a couple weeks of riding and reading many threads here on TwoSpoke I've learned many different things about riding and road bikes. I decided to get rid of the Dawes. It was a nice bike but I was just looking for more. Plus between paying for a fit, replacing the seat, and looking into replacing the shifters (Shimano Soras(I was very unhappy with them)). I was told I'd be better off getting my money back and saving to buy a better entry level road bike more suited to what I'd like to do. So after the return and selling one of my guitars and some of my doubles in my video game collection I headed off to my LBS that deals exclusively in road bikes. I was properly fitted and test road some bikes. I can say I'm the proud new owner of a Felt F85. That is the proper size and fit for me. Im already feeling more comfortable in the seat. It has Microshift shifters paired with Shimano 105's so i can now shift in both directions while in the drops. I did two separate 8 mile sessions yesterday had a few slight adjustments done. And did my longest ride so far hitting 26.33 miles. I am so much happier with this bike and feel now I can really start setting new goals and pushing myself to try and reach them. Plus I explained my concerns with the saddle from the Dawes and was told that if I have any issues I can try different seats of equal value until I find the right one without having to put more money into the bike unless I choose to. I'm very happy I made this decision. Can't wait to get another ride in tomorrow or maybe even later today.