Hi. I've never purchased a new bike before and decided that now is as good a time as any. I've visited several LBS's and talked with many LBS employee's/sales people. Due to being in a small town, I have to travel an hour or more to get to the LBS's. Of the 4 I visited, 3 of them did not listen to me as to what I was looking for in a bike and what type of riding I was going to do. They kept trying to get me on the newest Carbon Fiber Road/Race Bike and talked the praises of how fast it is and what a smooth ride, and it's worth the extra money you'll spend on it, etc... The 4th shop was quite different. The first salesperson actually listened, found that he wasn't as experienced in what I was looking for and took me to a mech there who like myself isn't small. We talked for quite a while and I quickly realized that he and I were on the same page. I'm having him do a build for me as the LBS doesn't carry the brand I was looking for. I'm going to be professionally fitted tomorrow and review the component list of the build before pulling the trigger. I have a question that many of you may be able to shed some light on for me. I'm going to be looking at a total price of $1400, I realize this isn't expensive to many but it is to me. Can I expect the LBS to "throw in" or "comp" some items as well, maybe a tool kit or floor pump? I figure probably not but would like to hear your experiences. All replies are appreciated. If I've posted in the wrong area, forum mods please move this and forgive me my trespass. Ride strong my friends.