The fine folks at Adams Avenue Bicycles took one look at my brakes when I went in seeking "an adjustment" and immediately recommended replacing the pads completely. Twenty minutes later, I'm back on the road, and I can <<<<drumroll>>>> actually stop!
The sheer joy!
I'm only being slightly tongue in cheeck. What I now realize is that as the pads wore out, they did so pretty slowly and almost imperceptably. I mean, I guess I knew I was getting less stopping power, but by no means did I realize HOW much less, until I rode with the new ones.
It's almost like getting a brand new bike!