Something a see here all of the time is "Support Your Local bike shop", or "Just go to your LBS". These kind of things. However, my local bike shop is...
About 300 km (or more) away (unless you call Canadian Tire and Walmart a LBS ).
I really wish we had a local bike shop, but in these parts of Alberta, there just aren't any. (The one we did have about 30km's away, while not really a bike shop, but a general sports shop, got out of bikes. Guess there just wasn't enough money in it).
So, it's been annoying me long enough that I decided to finally share it with anybody that cares about my plight. But, from what I've read about a lot of shops, is a lot give crummy service. Although it would still be nice to have someplace local to go to order specialty items so that I won't have to deal with the hassle of ordering from the states (I've had a bit of bad luck with that, but that's another topic).
Anyone else in the same boat?