I've decided to give the LD riding thing a try and trade the MTB in for something that easier to pedal on the pavement. I searched this forum for recommendations, but I'm going to throw my question out there. I'm looking for an entry level bike to ride long distances/brevets with. I'm not too crazy about drop bars, but I guess it's the best way to go. My budget is around $1,200. What bike should I be looking at. Thanks in advance.