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Bike shops in SD?(9 posts)

Bike shops in SD?jrain
Aug 29, 2001 6:08 PM
hey all,

i'm headed into san diego this weekend and i promised a friend i'd go bike shopping with her. so i was wondering if anyone had any good LBS recommendations down there? i'll be staying in La Jolla. oh yea, my friend is partial to lemonds, so if they sold them, that'd be cool too.

aw hell, while i'm at it, anyone know of some good 30mi rides in SD too?

thanks
A Ride...PdxMark
Aug 29, 2001 6:29 PM
I was there in June. One shop recommended riding north along the coast, starting at about La Jolla. It was a nice ride. Start early, and beware of a unique road hazard. On your return, you'll be riding on the beach side of the road. Watch out for surf boards popping out into the bike lane from between cars as surfers come back to their cars. Just like car doors, except there's no-one in the car.
Yes, that's the logical choice for a visitor's ride ...Humma Hah
Aug 30, 2001 8:48 AM
... and watch for the ultimate "beach cruiser", bicycles equipped with surf board racks! I've actually seen the bloody things there!
re: Bike shops in SD?badabill
Aug 29, 2001 9:42 PM
Supergo in Oceanside carries lemonds, good prices but crappy service. Also Bike USA in Sorrento Valley. Hi tech is one of the best high end shops. For a ride try Mt Solidad in La Jolla with a loop out to Point Loma, or head north up Pacific Coast HWY.
re: Bike shops in SD?Roadster
Aug 30, 2001 7:03 AM
Supergo in Oceanside has the best prices in the area but if you need any kind of service what-so-ever, they are pathetic.

BikeUSA Kearny Mesa is the flagship store of the BikeUSA chain and they have the best service. Talk to Ken or Adam. I don't recall if they carry Lemond but they carry everything else and you can call ahead - 858-560-8666 (I know the number because I've used it so often)

Black Mountain Bikes in Mira Mesa is a smaller shop with good sales and service. They carry Lemond, Cannondale, Waterford.

If all you care about is price, Supergo is allright. If you are interested in any type of service and getting a better deal in the long run on accessories then BikesUSA Kearny Mesa is a good choice.

As for rides, there are plenty of routes up the coast from La Jolla. The question is how much difficulty (ie climbing) you really want. My guess if you're in dowtown La Jolla, head north on Torrey Pines Rd, turn left at the Mobil Station toward La Jolla Shores, stay on that road as it climbs past the Oceanography institute and UCSD, turn left at the main light onto Torrey Pines, turn left again when the road comes to a main T, stay on that road (also Torrey Pines) past the golf course and down the biggest hill of the day, from there go as far north as you want toward Oceanside along the coast and enjoy the scenery and bike lanes.
re: Bike shops in SD?Bruno
Aug 30, 2001 7:22 AM
BikeUSA is a sure bet and they carry Lemond. Go to www.bikeusasandiego.com for locations.

If you would like to ride in a group the San Diego Bicycle Club has rides starting close to La Jolla on Saturday and on Memorial Day. They are usually very fast, fun and huge 60-80 riders.
Correction: This Labor day not Memorial day...Bruno
Aug 30, 2001 5:31 PM
Go to www.sdbc.org for more info.
re: Bike shops in SD?villanum
Aug 30, 2001 8:40 AM
if you're in la jolla, there is a bike shop called california bicycles that carries lemonds (it's on la jolla blvd near symbolic motors). i was in there the other day and they had a few models including a beautiful maillot jaune. i'm not sure if their prices are good since i was only in there to buy some lube. uc cylery is also in la jolla in la jolla village square (not sure if they carry lemonds, but definitely cdale and trek). there is also performance bike on sports arena blvd.

as for rides, jump on torrey pines road near la jolla and ride up the coast to oceanside.
In La Jolla, I'd drop by ...Humma Hah
Aug 30, 2001 8:46 AM
... oh, darn, so many shops there, and Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, etc! I tended to patronize those with cruiser parts. Lots of cruiser shops along the waterfront, but some other good ones that sell about any brand of roadbike you like. Try the yellow pages -- you'll probably have 3 within walking distance, and a good wheel shop, too.

Don't buy anything from them, but be sure you stop by Rusty Spokes, which sells vintage bikes, some going back over 100 years old. They're overpriced, but a fun look back.

I'm partial to Mira Mesa's Black Mountain Bicycles, at Black Mountain Rd. and Mira Mesa Blvd, about 6 miles from La Jolla. There's a custom shop in the area called Soul Cycles, but, being custom, stock very little.