In the interim, I've been looking at...what else... bike components, bike clothing, accessories, other bikes. It's so dang addicting and expensive, I'll need to find a support group for this.
I feel the next evolution in my cycling/commuting journey is going clipless. As with all the usual fears and phobias associated with this, I have been heavily seeking out Shimano 520's for sale on either eBay or whatever online bike shop has available.
Unfortunately, the LBS' around town have these available for almost $20-$40 more, which, I'm sure, is for their own benefit of keeping their business going. I did find a pair on Jenson's site for about $32 before shipping. Not too shabby since my LBS had if for twice as much.
Now all I need to find are shoes...