This afternoon I converted my single speed 29er karate monkey into a single speed winter commuter. I needed some esoteric parts in order to accomplish this.
After many attempts in the past of trying to get non performance parts at both of our LBS I typically just order from online. I get exactly what I want typically in about 48 hours with no hassle.
Today was no different. I selected everything I needed on the web and was about to hit submit. At that point I decided for some reason to give the LBS another chance. I went to Bike Line on Main Street. They actually had everything I was looking for. Even a very specific headset (wanted interchangeable parts).
Not only was I impressed, but I was able to finish my conversion today. Score one for the LBS.