Them's The Brake Breaks...
I rode the Red Menace III to the coffee shop, on Saturday, and got back to the house around 11:00. I leaned the bike up against the garbage can, as I opened the door of the shop building. The tires were a little low on air, and I figured I might as well pump them up. As I swung the door open, the bike rolled forward and fell on its right side.
A big big snapping sound is never good, in a situation such as that. Sure enough, when I picked the bike up, the brake lever on the right-hand Campagnolo Ergo shifter was dangling by the cable. The "carbon" (plastic) pivot had snapped.
I popped it back together, but it was not usable. GRRRRR!
I ended up replacing the broken unit with an old Dia-Compe lever and a SunRace thumb shifter. That works really well, but I'd rather have another Ergo Shifter, just for the cosmetics.
If I can't find a Campy Ergo, I will eventually replace the brake lever with an aero version, and I'll find a nicer thumb shifter to replace the plastic one.
In the meantime, the bike rides great, and I have enjoyed riding it back and forth to work these past two days.