I'm currently riding an old diamond back allure. I picked it up cheap 2 months after I quit smoking. I wasn't sure if i was going to get serious about riding. Well I'm getting serious, I plan to go to March with the allure. I pan on spending $1000 to $1200 on a new bike with accesories. Has anyone here bought from bikes direct? Are motobecane and mercier a reputable labels? Being a clyde am I better off at my LBS. Any feed back is greatly appreciated.