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North San Diego Wheel Builder Recommendations?(6 posts)

North San Diego Wheel Builder Recommendations?Lono
May 17, 2001 10:29 AM
Can anyone recommend a good wheel builder in North San Diego County (Encinitas)? I have a pair of Chris Kings on Mavic CXP33s that need to be rebuilt.

I thought about Nytro but haven't heard any pros or cons about their service ability. Any other shops/builders that can build bomb-proof wheels?

Thanks!
Does it have to be north?Dave W.
May 17, 2001 10:47 AM
There's Blacksmith bicycle wheels on Santa Fe in the Rose Canyon area. Call first, though. I think the guy (Earl?) only goes in when he's ready to build. He's done a few wheels for me over the years, and they've all been good.
Pennyfarthings 314 G StreetThioderek
May 17, 2001 11:54 AM
Felipe is probably the best mechanic you will find in San Diego. I and all the bike messengers have used him since 1989. He builds everything in that shop, and specializes in repairs and rebuilding. Last time I was in there he was building 20 wheels for Bike San Diego tour group.

I know it is downtown San Diego, but it is worth it.
There's a good one in Pacific Beach ...Humma Hah
May 17, 2001 3:45 PM
... I believe he's on Morena Blvd. You can see the shop from I-5, just east of Mt. Soledad, but its hard to get to. From Balboa, heading west to I-5, turn just before the RR bridge onto what looks like a driveway, go north past the Mountain Bike Warehouse maybe half a mile to a mile, and he's in a shop on the right. The shop is called something like Wheelsmith's or something of that kind. He was recommended to me by two LBS's, Black Mountain Cycles and Soul Cycles.
That's the same one I recommended...Dave W.
May 17, 2001 5:21 PM
Blacksmith is on Santa Fe, which turns into the bike path to UCSD/La Jolla if you go farther north, and ends on Balboa (after passing MTB Warehouse) farther south.
BlackSmith Bicycle WheelsRon L.
May 18, 2001 3:58 PM
Give us a ring 858 490 5303.