I live in a town that has no more than 25,000 people, and there is only one bike shop. And not very many people around here bike. So the bike shop doesn't have very much business. Now the problem with that is that the owner won't make bargains. And the other problem is that a lot of companys won't let him order just one of something, or he has to carry a bunch of other stuff to carry one type of thing. For example, he can't just carry Shimano pedals, he has to carry the Shimano line of shoes too. And he can't order me just one Titec stem, he has to place a 500$ purchase with Titec. That totally sucks, for me and for him.
Also, he only carries Schwinn and Specialized bikes, which totally sucks for me because maybe I want a Gary Fisher or a GT, it also totally sucks for him becaus it sends people else where, or online.
There are two cities close to where I live that have several bike shops that carry a large selection, so I guess I could go there, but I want to support my LBS, and so I am stuck.. And it totally sucks