I got my bike back yesterday from the shop. I had them do a full service on the bike as I wanted to make sure that it was all in working order. Turns out I'll need more service in the not to distant future but for now the bike is in pretty good shape and running well. The tires were low on pressure when I brought it in, so now that they are at the right pressure the bike handles so differently. It's like a new bike :)
As for the surface mount stuff that I bought... yes, I'm going to go blind trying to solder that stuff down.
So, on that note I think that I'm going to go for a ride.