CKutzGO, about phoning a friend... I totally had to do the same thing at one point during this trip! I was close to giving up. It may or may not be apparent in my videos based on my voice.. but I was getting there. Sometimes it just takes a buddy to keep you going! Mark, Thank you for the encouraging review! I agree, a small bike is all you need to go out and experience the world! I am running 14/50. I think I am happy with this ratio, as it will do 50-55 okay and get excellent MPG while still having excellent off-road capability. This is not a bike I take out to be able to go fast on the street though, so I am fine with not being able to do 60mph. I am sure it would be much happier with 14/42 if 60mph is the goal. No problem, and thank YOU!