Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: DC / Maryland suburbs
Bikes: Homebuilt tourer/commuter, modified-beyond-recognition 1990 Trek 1100, reasonably stock 2002-ish Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
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Hey, that's a perfectly understandable thing to worry about! It's ugly and you can get rain water, sweat, and dirt in your fork if it's missing!
I'd make the LBS give you a new one, definitely. They're mostly interchangeable between brands, and black is by far the most common, so they should have them lying around. If they put up a fight, get a new LBS. LBSes shouldn't "lose" parts of their customers' bikes.