Like anyone else, I love to support local businesses. I've been in three different bike shops in my new city now (I just moved). It seems like a far cry from what you'd expect. Just today I heard one of the employees at a bike shop say replacing a tube in a customer's bike would be $6 for labor! Also, I have a really hard time finding what I'm looking for; when I find it, it's always extremely expensive stuff! I can't say for sure if they are overcharging or if they only offer the top of the line stuff, but it seems I have to go online to find anything in my price range. It's tough to find a tire under $40.
I'm curious where you guys get your bike stuff and what you think of different places. Maybe I'm just being too much of a cheapskate. But the tires I put on my first pickup were cheaper than the tires at the bike shops around here. No, they aren't great tires .