Suppose you want to test-ride a bike, but your LBS doesn't carry that model.
Do you go somewhere else to test-ride it? If you buy it where you test-rode it, do you change LBS's? Should you ask them to order you one at your LBS (and if you do, what happens if you decide not to buy it after trying it out?)
I'm debating trying to save up enough for a good touring bike next year, but I don't really think any of the local places carry any of the specific bikes I'm considering.