Bad LBS experience = reason internet shops do so well
I went into one of my LBS a few months ago, I had decided to buy a new FS and wanted a Cannondale, thid shop used to be a Cannondale dealer back in the 90s,
Pimply shop assistant : Can I help you (scared and confused look on her face)
Me : Yes i'm after a new fs cannondale, are you still a dealer?
Pimply shop assistant : no.........blank look, walks away
Me : purchased a new FS lapierre half an hour later from a shop 5 mins away
On the good side though, I started riding/racing MTBs 21 years ago and allways used the same bikeshop for the 10 years I rode, on getting back into riding I now use the same shop, they had 2 mechanics in the 90s, one is still there and the other one now owns the shop so its always good to catch up
88 Cannondale SM600.......91 Specialized Stumpy..........92 Cannondale M800 Beast of the East.....92 Nishiki Cascade.....93 Specialized Stumpy M2......94 GT Rebound........94 GT RTS Team.....94 Ozone co2.....95 Rocky Mountain Equipe.....96 Specialized ground control....97 GT Avalanche....97 Klein Attitude Comp.....93? Alpinestars Almega DX.......2012 Lapierre X Control