As for me, I rode the new Ute to great effect. For a cargo bike I am really, really pleased at its behavior on the road. The stout 47c Contis and 700c wheels have the bike rolling right along. The very upright posture could suggest problem spots, but I was only bothered a bit in the hindside at mile 30+, and I had a wrist go numb only through user error when I leaned wrongly on it for a mile or so. The upright position speaks comfort, great sightlines and visibility for an urban commuter (or any other). I even found myself just once thinking about how much use the LHT will get as a commuter once I get into a rhythm on the Ute, but I also know the LHT can do anything, while the overly large Ute can do some of them. I did find Dom and Dave both admiring it (coveting?) for its utility. Time will tell when it gets more cargo use.
We did a bit of mileage, met Dom and Joe and head for the power duo of Sunergos and Nords. From there we headed back towards Market/Mellwood where they turned off. Dave and I headed through Indian Hills and the park back towards Cumberland Brews, where we engorged ourselves on lunch and a beer. Great, great stuff, especially in the sunshine, especially on a fine, new bike!!