I brought it in for an overhaul. When the guy said it would be at least a week, I felt this chill running down my back.... well, it took a week and a day, but I just got my bike back this evening. It looks like a totally new bike! Here's what I had done:
1 new tire, 1 set of cranks, 1 set of grips, 2 bottle cages (plus installation), replaced bottom bracket, replace cable housing (front brakes), 1 new set of brake pads and installation for the rear tire, replace brake pads for front brakes (brake pads provided already), install bike computer (provided computer myself also), plus complete overhaul, where they took the bike totally apart and rebuilt as much as they could (ie- almost destroyed cheap headset), plus they did something with both of the derailleurs (can't remember exactly) which will require a little check up after 500 miles. Then they also cleaned the bike too- it looks almost brand new! I am going for my first full ride in over a week, and they guaranteed me that the bike will feel 200% better, and if it doesn't, I get to bring it back in for further work (which I don't think will happen).
I am on cloud 9 right now- can't wait to get out there and ride in this great weather we're having!
Whoooooooo! I got my bike back!