Similarly, but not exactly the same, are some LBS in my area that don't carry a nicer model or a particular type of bike for their brand. For example, the largest Specialized dealer in the area won't carry any Enduro models at all. But they will order one for you if you deposit a couple hundred, which is not refundable if you don't like it. I might as well buy another brand online from a place with a decent return policy.
Originally Posted by carbuncle
Then when I contact them about getting a frame and building it up, I get some sky-high price quote. I get it, someone contacts you about a custom build the LBS probably identifies them as high income and willing to pay through the nose. I am probably going to pull the trigger on a new Heckler soon and I don't care anymore if I can't ride it in advance. These shops around here blow.
If I hadn't broken the frame on my only full suspension bike, I'd wait another year or two on buying a new bike to see if a brand like Santa Cruz or Kona go "buy-direct".
If i knew how to true my wheels right and would plan in advance and buy bunch of spare tubes onlie, I'd never walk into an LBS in this area again.
Re: How many of ya'll still shop at your lbs?
Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance, my friend...
What do we consider an LBS? If it is local and a bike shop is that enough or does it need to be locally-owned?
Do chains count?
What about a company store run by a local bike manufacturer?
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