I have an old school friend who (i think) pretty much runs the cycle department in one of the Leeds Halfords. He can order pretty much anything I need, and indeed his particular store actually carries a fair bit of decent stock.
I've got a friend that works in my local Halfords too. The funny thing with Halfords is that they can only order stuff that's listed on their computer (Sorry the computer says no!
). He can order Hope headsets and skewers but not headset spacers, etc.
It says it all though when he comes to the shop I work at to get his bike stuff. He told me we give him better prices than he gets at work!
He also gets any wheels built by us as well.
Saracen Kili Ultra Titanium 1994 - SOLD
Avanti Tuatara 1992
SR Sakae Litage carbon 1988? - future build