Turns out the budget I had in mind for the new bike wasn't the budget my wife had in mind. Now I have to start my search again with a lower budget, about $1k.
I'm looking for a fair-weather commuter--I'm not replacing my current MTB commuter, which has racks and fenders--that could potentially do fenders and racks later on. My commute is only 5 miles each way, mostly rolling hills. I'd like the capability to do club rides and training rides for stuff like the MS150 and Tour de Cure. I have arthritis in my neck, so I'm looking for something more "comfortable", with a more upright geometry (if it helps give an idea, I'd picked out a Specialized Roubaix until I learned I was over budget).
Off the top of my head, I was thinking of things like a Surly Cross Check, a Novara, some other cyclocross bike, or one of REI's commuter/road bikes.
I'd appreciate suggestions--maybe even a few outside the box ideas. Thanks in advance.