Today I bought a used Giant OCR3 road bike with upgraded Shimano wheels, 4 years old, great condition, weighs 21 lbs. I was lucky to find it because I am so small and it's difficult to find used road bikes in my size. This one is a 42 or something like that.
So, to try it out, I rode with two other women up from Eagar to Big Lake Highway 261 and up it almost to Mexican Hay Lake--to the Overlook.
Funny thing, I've been mtn. biking a lot lately, and I ride to work, too. So I'm pretty fit on the bike. I had no trouble with that 6% grade. It was going DOWN that was the kicker. Luckily I had plenty of advice from my more experienced pals. I learned about pedaling techniques, braking, and taking curves, etc. My hands were killing me going down. I really didn't want to get going up to 40 mph, and I had to brake hard the whole way to prevent that. I thought my legs would be sore, but it's my arms and shoulders that took the beating!
Good training, bike fits me well, had plenty of help from the guys (who rode up separately) with the fitting, etc. I feel lucky today to have another nice piece of sports equipment for not a lot of money.