It’s worth it to form a relationship with a local bike shop. Things bike shops have done for me:
Given me a discount.
Let me ride home an expensive tire with the promise to pay for it after my payday.
And today, I forgot my lock, so I went to Clever Cycles (the closest shop when I realized this) figuring I’d get one of the Knog cable locks, since I was thinking of getting one anyway to lock my rear wheel to my frame, and I didn’t have time to go home and get my U-lock. Turns out they don’t sell the Knog cable locks (I paraphrase: “We don’t sell that kind of crap.”) but they loaned me a nicer lock for the day, an Abus. It uses a combination, not a key. And it worked out perfectly, as I’ll be in that part of town again tomorrow to return it!
What awesome thing has a bike shop done for you?