Thanks all -- it really is a fun bike.  Sometimes it's just nice not to 
change gears and focus on what you can do with what you've got.  Kind of 
freeing.  I'll stick with this gearing for a while and see what happens.  I 
will probably add a tooth or two to the chainring eventually, but whatever 
- it's all good.

Other thoughts:

   - I continue to like the inverted Albatross bars.  I will add another 
   layer of leather grip wrap, not because of vibration or soreness, but 
   because the diameter with 1 layer just feels too small to me.
   - Confirmed on my ride yesterday that moving up into the curves on the 
   inverted Albatross is really comfortable.  I didn't do it that often; but, 
   when I did, just to change things up, or esp. to climb, it felt natural and 
   provided comfortable leverage when pumping up hills.  And it looks cool :)
   - The 42mm Continental Contact tires ('basketball tires') are actually 
   quite nice.  This is my first set.  Felt reasonably fast, and at ~42lbs 
   pressure absorbed vibrations, bumps, and wooden bridge irregularities very 
   well.  Noiseless, too.
   - The Brooks B17 Imperial (has the central cutout) is such a great 
   saddle.  I have one on my Sam and love it.  Just the right amt of support, 
   enables moving around easily, and just enough give without needing 
   springs.  I really like it over the regular B17 or the Flyer.


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