Does 2009 look like a lean year for your bike store?
I'm not sure if people are buying this year - but there is always a need for a good wrench.
I think that was the summary for 2008 - people aren't buying as many new bikes, but they're getting older bikes fixed up and buying accessories.
One of the experienced wrenches on here (HillRider, I think) reported 27" tires being completely sold out in mid-summer, due to people fixing up bikes that have been wall ornaments for decades.
MY local LBS had their best year ever, even with a VERY LATE Spring.
Bicycle Repair Man !!!
I'll be opening my new store in 2009... I will just be doing repairs and conversions and am planning on being fairly busy.
With the economy the way it is I would expect that sales of new bikes might be lagging a little compared to last year.