Or: why the UK still kicks arse.
To recap, CRC delivered a massive order in 5 days including a weekend, for free, transatlantic, during a terrorist scare. Nashbar.com took 8 days to get me a wheelset from Ohio, and charged me for the privilige. To save all this online malarkey, I went to Agee's who, it turns out have nothing good in stock and are overpriced. Today, a guy tried to sell me a blue-grey LX crankset for my Red and Black themed bike. Oh, and he didn't have the BB to match.
So, I'm back on CRC spending over £250 to take advantage of free postage. Which of course was no problem at all.
I expect delivery by the end of the week and will get building.