Pooper was right.
Well, sometimes you eat the b'ar, sometimes the b'ar eats you.
On a more positive note, my ped rips now. As expected, instead of shifting at 15, it's closer to 25 now, which brings me up to top speed WWWAY faster, and I'm no longer stuck in 2nd after every single turn I make.
Thirty helens agree: clutch flippin' is the shit.