LBS, pretty much always if need something quick and random, if not order off my accounts, although my hording ways mean I seem to have built up stocks of all the hard to find stuff, ODI TLD grips, black, found half a dozen setting still boxed today Mr Trebus
Snap Poll: LBS vs WEB
About 70/30 split in favour of web. So much choice out there which one shop can't hope to stock. I also enjoy the randomness of accidental purchases - i like a little gamble and buy things i usually wouldn't if the price is low enough
Web, my LBS are brilliant but range of stock is shockingly bad.
I don't have a very local bike shop so it's easier for me to order parts and things from the web. I do try to use shops I know for these though if I can.
Web usually as it's more convenient and I can pretty much always get what I want when I want at the lowest price
LBS if I need it now
I don't really need the service that LBSs provide as I do all my own mechanics and have a good idea of what fits.
WEB for the price, convenience, and the stock.
LBS for browsing the sales bin, fondling of shiny bits I can't afford, shooting the breeze, and the jobs I don't have time for/can't be arsed with.
Bit of both. Small things and complicated (to me) spannering - LBS. Clothes, tools, things that are so cheap I HAVE to buy - WEB.
I've got better things to do with my free time than drive into town to get something I could have delivered to my door.
I might buy the odd thing if I'm up in the lakes or somewhere and see a bargain, but I don't bother with the local shop.
will buy sale items from web tho'.
Used to use LBS but they're very expensive so now use online. An example of the was I recently bought an Ultegra chain so searched online for prices. I got it from CRC for £20. My LBS was in the search priced at £34.99 so no brainer really.
Web mostly, but mainly due to the old "we can order it in for you".
My LBS' need to target more impulse buys, clothing, gloves, tyres etc away from the standard Altura/Endura/Royal. They do get sales out of me, and my bikes go in for anything I don't have the time to do.
I'm pretty much all web. Down to choice and speed.
I don't really have an LBS, so getting to one is a pain especially with work etc.
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