I am firm believer in the local bike shop(LBS). I try very hard to buy all my gear at a LBS. I also try to spread my money around to the various local shops.
Here is my LBS story, growing up in Cedar Falls, Iowa, my local shop was Europa Cycles. I used to hang out there and rode with the guys. One summer on RAGBRAI, my derailleur broke at the beginning of an 80 mile day. I shortened my chain and called my parents from a pay phone. I asked them to go to Europa and get me a replacement derailleur and meet me about 65 miles into the ride.When I got to the pre-arranged meeting place my dad showed up with almost a dozen different derailleurs. The guys at the shop weren’t sure what kind I needed so they sent me one of every model they had in stock! The said I could pay them at the end of the week. I love my LBS.
Now I do buy cycling gear online but only if my LBS does not carry the item I need.
|Europa Cycles||The shop I grew up with in Cedar Falls.|
|Northtowne Schwinn||One of two great shops in Cedar Rapids.|
|Hall Bicycle||The other great shop in Cedar Rapids.|
|BikeWorld||My LBS away from home in Des Moines.|