I brand new to this forum and don't know a whole lot about bikes. I knew however that I needed to upgrade from the $99 dollar, medium frame (i'm 6' 2") schwinn voyager I found on craigslist. I did my research and heard all the arguments for/against LBS, online retailers and motobecane. After going to my LBS and standing for about 20 mins looking lost and got no help because they were too busy I bought the cafe latte 2009.
Also with my old bike I could leave that thing anywhere, even overnight. Is this a bike i have to worry about people stealing parts off of. Nothing would upset me more than running in for groceries and coming out to find my front wheel or seat missing.