seems a shame that LBSs are being priced out of the market like this. i love bike shops - my favourite part of shopping with the 'rents when i was a wee lad was taking a trip to Bakers Bikes(?) in Aylesbury. i'd always go right to the back where all the bikes were out on display.
these kinds of shops are still around in Brighton, but i very rarely head in there. but when i do, i always strike up a conversation and do buy the odd bit here and there.
but i will admit, i always check the internet for prices first. then check the locals. depending on how much cheaper/expensive the shop is (and which shop it is) i'll decide whether to purchase it there or not.
one thing you cannot beat is the knowledge of some of the chaps working in these LBS's (often the second hand bike shop types) - but then again, Retrobike satisfies most of my needs these days...
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