Also, I finally got a chance to take a bit of a longer ride on the bike today. Not a really long one, but I went up to Capitol Hill to A Pet's Paradise to get dog food, and over to Queen Sooper's for groceries. This ride entails riding up a long mild grade, followed by a one-block hill, and then a shorter, milder grade. Generally, I find the long mild grade much worse than the one block hill.
I still do. I will say that the uphill portions of the trip were no worse with the Nuvinci, and the more upright position, and may actually have been a bit better. I would attribute this to the ability to micro-adjust the gear ratio. All and all, I am very impressed, and am feeling like I made a good choice.
To-morrow I am going to try to get some pictures of the bike outside in the sun, including my grocery hauling set-up. Maybe in the sun I can capture the brown as well.