Recently, while at my LBS in Fayetteville, NC, to have a noise checked out on my C'dale Rush, I bought my my wife a new mountain bike. A Cannondale F5 to be exact. I didn't really expect to leave there almost $900 poorer (Bike plus a couple little things) but it happened and I didn't know what to expect from my wife in terms of her reaction. Luckily, it went really well and she likes the bike a lot. The bike I replaced is a early 1990s Specialized Rockhopper we bought new in Salinas, CA. It is still in very good condition but it is a rigid and the geometry just doesn't look right for today...she also didn't look very comfortable on it which is why I think it took me a lot of convincing to get her to ride. Anyway, I'm glad it worked out for her and I. So, now, I wonder what other folks leave their LBSs with when going for something minor.