I finally gave in and purchased new brake pads for my daily commuter, the Volae. I seldom replaced pads ever in the past on any of my bikes as I never really thought much would be gained. Well, I was wrong. What a difference! I took the bike out into the street to test the brakes and verify my shifting was O.K. (I had also cleaned my super grungy chain). I squeezed the right brake lever and almost did a face plant into the handlebar! I couldn't believe the stopping power!
Moral of the story: Don't be a miser like me, freshen those pads and stop on a dime!