SpectralMeat wrote: ↑I like these tires, but I wouldn't go any skinnier on this bike. These are 26x2.0 Schwalbe CX tires. I am still riding the bike like a mountain bike meaning taking all the shortcuts I can, going off road, jumping road curbs, etc etc. No trail there, no problem I'll make my own trail.
If I was only riding the road then it would be a different story, but then again I would be riding a road bike then instead of a mountain bike.
Banana bike I've never heard anyone called it like that. It is a really fun bike to ride anyways, and I assume it is easy to notice it from a car also because of the color.
Now looking at Strava my morning 8km commute to work takes 19~20 minutes, 25km/h average speed and 40km/h max which is fine. I could push it a bit harder but since I've just started out riding to work in the morning the legs need a little time to get used to it, and also I don't want to be soaked when I get to work. This exact same route takes me around 15 minutes via my car, however I feel that by the end of Summer I will be around the 15 minutes mark with my bike also. There are sections of this route where I know I can do better, so we will see.
Have you ever tried the bicycle feature on google maps?
They do a pretty good job at showing all the bicycle routes... including 'suggested' roads e.g. roads with no designated bike path, but ok for cycling.