Some how the front derailleur broke on my Schwinn. It was probably so old it just disintegrated. However, the rest of the bike is still in great condition, and I want to fix it. I took it to my LBS and after about seriously 2 months, they say that it is impossible to fix, the part is rare and a suitable substitute does not exist.
They insist there is no way to put a different derailleur on. I find this somewhat hard to believe, but I don't know much about these things, which is why I am posting here. I'm inclined to believe them, but they act like condescending ****** every time I go in there. They act like because my bike isn't worth much to begin with, it's not worth investing time or money into it.
What is the internet's opinion? Is my LBS bull****ting me? Should I just turn it into a single speed?