The bike has returned from the shop. It’s awesome and I love it. I forgot how sweet it was to have gears indexed perfectly. I had them indexed to what I would consider “great” accuracy and shifting was “great” but since the return from the bike shop shifting is ridiculously nice. Oh, and the important stuff… The new handlebars are great, they’re a super-wide pair of drops, the widest in the cataloge and I really appreciate it. The ability to breathe fully may or may not be just in my head, I can see it from both angles, one I kinda expected it or two I have a minuscule improvement but am able to notice because I’m seeking the ability to notice it.
Cliff couldn’t find a 27 tooth cog that comes for a 9-speed. Basically because they don’t exist apparently. That means I need to decide in the spring what I’m going to do for gears. I may have to go for an extended length dérailleur and then put a mountain cassette on the rear. That would make it possible for me to go even past a 27 tooth, all the way to 31 or something crazy low (well I guess 35 is technically an option but an unnecessary one).