Clay, dude, you're back!? That's fantastic, man! I can't ride tomorrow, but let's ride soon!
Jules -- to give you an idea of how strong Clay (echothree) is, he won the Mt. Fuji Hill Climb in the Elite category a few months back. As a point of reference, since you've ridden with me, he makes me look like I'm riding backwards -- on the flats or in the hills. But despite being way faster than me, he's a grand fellow.
Just know that Clay's "brisk" means "faster than hell." I say go for it!
ok, clay. realistically, i am not clay-brisk ready. and i am putting spd's on my bike for the first time tonight. its most likely foolish to try to keep up, let alone rip my legs apart with cleated shoes without having had time to settle into them etc. if this doesn't put you off (then i don't know what would) then by all means email me and we could at least say hi at hashimoto station. junior~jules. firstname.lastname@example.org