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Before you write this off as another LBS rant or praise, please read on. I am in quite a predicament. I have followed most of the advice on these forums and have attempted to get in good with my LBS. I come in there almost everytime I ride (trails are VERY near to the bike shop) and I am on a first name basis with a few of the employees. I did not buy my bike from them (kind of a long story), but I do buy parts and have had my bike serviced there before. I try to spend buy something, one, because I love to buy stuff for my love (my bike) and two just to help the guys out. I am a college student though so I have never made a REALLY substantial purchase there. I did however buy a wheelset and a light from their shop the other day and was pretty dissapointed because, I am completely willing to spend a little bit more to support a LBS. My problem is though, I bought a cygolite and a rhynolite wheelset and after installation and taxes and all that, it came out to 300. I added those up online and it came out to 200 shipped. I knew I was paying a little more at the shop, but I didn't think it was that substantial, and then they charged me like 12 bucks per wheel to mount the tire and all of that. I didn't know it was going to be that much, I mean, I'm not an expert, but I would have DEFINITELY installed them myself if I knew that it was going to be that much. Anyways, so what do you guys think, basically it comes down to, support shop or be broke??