"It's been a while and many miles, but this frame is as solid and comfortable as the first ride. I did my 450 mile tour through PA and Western NY last summer, while hauling the bike cart that Joe and I worked on. The cart was loaded with an average of 100 lbs (camping gear, food and water for two. 40 lbs dog and dog food). Over 100 miles of the trip was on unpaved rail trails. If all that punishment was enough to prove the durability of Joe's craftsmanship, last year I rode it 20 miles to school and back, almost every day. Thank you so much for the bike I will never get rid of, or leave un-ridden"