In the course of the past 2 years, the two very good mechanics at an OC LBS where I purchased one of my road bikes has left to move to Oregon, and another to open a clothing business to make more money, replaced by a really nice helpful guy that can't seem to dial in a derailleur properly and feels that all lubes are the same, go with the cheapest.
So, I am in search of a great mechanic. (This topic has been raised here before, but not very recently.)
I reside in the West LA area near Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Long Beach and ride primarily in Orange County in Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Newport. So anywhere in or near these cities is fine. I am always driving all over.
BUT--I am not just looking for anyone or a helpful suggestion--I am looking for the guy you would trust with your Dura-Ace Carbon. Someone who you have been with at the same shop for at least 3 years and has done some quality tune ups or repairs for you a few times. You know them, and their work enough to make a strong recommendation. Their work is perfect out the door every time. Someone who can break down and build up a bike and its second nature to them. If they are not a solo, it's the type of shop where the person you are recommending will actually do the work, and not pass it off to a helper.
I know this is a tough one--but I appreciate you taking the time.