Im basically just posting now because im waiting for photoshop to uninstall (who would have thought that it takes 30 minutes?).
Ive been a lurker on this board for about a year, and im going to share my two cents on the "LBS" we hear so often.
the LBS has been played.
when you can save $30-$2000 buying online, your LBS needs to start buying in bulk and put up a damn website.
"oh but you get free maintenance... blah blah blah"
Well son, you are a sucker. If you dont know how to work on your own bike, go to the freaking library and borrow a book on bicycle repair. I bet 99.99% of the people on this forum (this being a complete guess.. I would assume there may be at least .01% of the people here with no working limbs) could learn how to work on their own stuff.
Are you going to call your LBS when your out on a 20 mile trail in the middle of BFE?
OF COURSE NOT! Youre going to sit down and think of a way to fix your problem, or you got a heap load of walking to do!
"but i dont have the tools"
Man is granted a very special gift.. the ability to think outside the box. tools are tools. There arent many tools one needs to work on their own gear. If you dont have a $200 headset press, look at what the tool does.. now replicate that cheaply... how bout a 12" long bolt and some washers? WOW, a $1.78 headset press.
To me working on a bike is much like working on my car. If I work on my car, I know that its going to be done right (even if i dont know what im doing)!
You learn... you use references.. you figure it out.
If someone ELSE works on my car, im hoping the job is done correctly, because i dont want to be paying a **** load of money to have that same person fix an issue caused by them in the first place!