Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Encinitas, CA
Bikes: '11 Specialized Allez Comp
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Where are you coming in from? How long are you staying? Are you planning on riding here?
Regarding a store, the answer depends largely on where in San Diego you'll be.
If you're in the Del Mar/Solana Beach/Encinitas area, check out Nytro. They are the current home of the Swamis Cycling Team and carry a very nice selection of high-end stuff, both gear and bikes. They cater to triathletes and roadies, and they service a lot of pros. Their Saturday ride is legendary and has had some top-notch touring pros show up more than a few times. Leucadia Cyclery is a wonderful old-school shop about 10 minutes north of Nytro in Leucadia. You could visit both easily. Fred (the owner) has some drool-worthy frames; the Time and Bianchi stuff gets me all worked up when I'm in there. His selection is limited but he carries good stuff in bikes and gear as well.
Moment Cyclesport is in Liberty Station/Point Loma and is small, although they carry great stuff-- Parlee, Guru, and Ridley. They have great accessories as well. I was just in there tonight buying chamois cream (they're the only ones I've found who carry the Assos, to give you an idea of what niche they fill) and they are really nice folks. Knowledgeable, all are serious cyclists, and they know their stuff. I've been in more than a few times and will likely buy my next bike from them.
None of these shops are particularly big, and other people might weigh in with some great spots. But each of the places I mentioned is an "experience" in its own right-- the gear, the owners, the feel, etc.
If you want to rent a bike, B&L Bike and Sport in Solana Beach will rent Specialized. Their rental bikes are quite nice and they are good guys to deal with-- very reasonable, reliable, and friendly. There are lots of group rides here that are friendly to visitors, so if you want more info, don't hesitate to ask.
Last edited by eyeheartny; 02-17-11 at 01:31 AM.