My LBS owner just told me they won't be carrying Specialized any longer, because Specialized will only allow them to be a dealer if 75% of their stock is Specialized. He also said he got a notice that Trek will be doing the same thing in the very near future. Although Trek will allow LeMond, Klein, and other stuff they actully build (Big of them, don't you think?)
So, as I'm listening to this, I'm thinking: Is free enterprise a myth? I knew this trend was true in the world of guitars with Gibson getting very heavy handed with folks who want to sell Gibson instruments, but for some reason thought the LBS would be immune. It seems to me the major players in the cycling industry aren't helping the plight of the LBS. What's an LBS owner to do?