Stayed up on the first chain ring this morning during my ride. I tell ya what it was a different workout. Took more to keep it rolling and my legs are tree trunks however I kept up more speed. Only dipped down to the second ring for a rest. 4 miles this AM. Each ride I try to add more. If i keep speed up I can go farther faster since I only have a small window before I have to get ready for work. My MTB bike is not that great on the road, it is a beasts and has to be beaten into submission. Soon a faster bike will come.