I'm all for supporting my LBS, but in the matter of clothing they just don't seem to stock what I am looking for. Part of it is just a matter of how much stock an LBS can afford to keep. One of the best shops in the area just had a sale this weekend, but when I went to check it out I found that "sale" seemed to mean reduced from "exorbitantly overpriced" to just "mildly overpriced" .
But the main thing was the selection. Frankly, at my age, I don't think I look that great as a rolling neon billboard. Do I really want to pay Pearl Izumi (or Fox, or Nike) all that money so I can go around advertising their brand name for them? Are they sponsoring me or something? I guess I've (finally) gotten out of the stage of wearing flamboyantly branded apparel as a status symbol or something.
In any case, I did not find anything suitable at any LBS in my area. On the other hand, some of the catalog places like Nashbar have a good selection of the types of shorts and jerseys that I'm looking for in a more conservative style and at a much lower price. That's probably the way that I'm going to have to go this time. Anyone else have experiences like this?