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Old 01-10-13, 09:06 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I've mentioned this before but ...

Where we lived in Australia (and we are returning to that area at least temporarily), the nearest LBS was about 100 km away. We would drop in if we happened to be in the area getting other stuff (like groceries or hardware stuff), and if the place had something we wanted in stock, for the price we wanted, we'd get it.

But otherwise we were presented with two choices ...

1) The LBS would tell us that they did not have whatever it was in stock, and they could order it. It would take roughly 6 weeks to get in, and we would have to travel 100+ km to go get it.


2) We could order from one of several online places we use, and within a week, it would be delivered to our door ... cheaper than the LBS and free shipping.
This is a case where I'd say your 'local bike shop' wasn't exactly local, and that the real LBS was as close as your Internet connection.
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Old 12-30-13, 06:24 PM   #27
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My LBS (where I bought my donor bike, for my Xtracycle) isn't actually geared for utility/commuter cyclists. Most of the items that I want, they have to order, then, I have to wait two weeks until it arrives. They only order once a week.
I can order it myownself, and get it in about a week. Also, a lot of the parts/accessories that I want, aren't being made any more.
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