Finally got out on the Raleigh for a work commute and all I can say is it was schweet! This bike is so smooth and 42:15 is the perfect gearing. There was a bump in front wheel and the brakes were a little squirrly but it pedals nicely and going downhill was a lot of fun. Guess spin class helps afterall. I think I am going to replace the front wheel and put on better tires. The rear brake wasn't really working on the way home but I really only need one brake.
On the way to work, I think I used the brakes two or three times, otherwise I was able to control my decents by reversing the force on the pedals. On the way home I needed the brakes once on Pond Brook. One thing I find challenging is after climbing, if the route turns into a decent it's really tough to maintain a controlled speed because my legs are still recovering from the climb.
I thought about selling this bike but I think I am changing my mind. If I do sell it it will be when I get the Fuji set up.