San Diego County Bicycle Shops

San Diego named the best bicycling city of more than 1 million residents by Bicycling Magazine (2006).

Rent or Buy a Bike Locations

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Bike Types for Commuters

Hybrid/Commuter Bikes: This is the ideal commute bike for most people. The easy-rolling narrower tires, relatively light weight, and upright riding position make it easy to use and comfortable to ride. These bikes easily accept accessories to make your commute easier and more comfortable, such as fenders for wet-weather riding or racks for carrying extra items.

Mountain Bikes: This style of bike found a large following in the 1980’s and continues to be popular today. They are strong bikes but typically a bit heavier than some other options. The straight handle bars are positioned at a low but comfortable level and the standard tires are low pressure and knobby for off-road performance. A mountain bike can be converted to a quality commuter bike by switching to narrower, smoother tires made for the road.

Road Bikes: These are the high-performance models designed for speed and agility. Although the gearing on these bikes will get you to work fast, the hunched riding position and stiff ride on the high pressure tires may prove too much for a regular commute. For a more relaxed ride, try raising the handles slightly to allow for a more upright riding position.

Bike Shops

Bicycle Warehouse

680 L St.. Chula Vista, CA91911 (619) 498-4900. Also Pacific Beach and Vista.

Bikes & Beyond

1201 1st Coronado, CA 92118 (619) 435-7180

Inky's Bicycles

1018 Broadway El Cajon, CA 92021 (619) 442-0564 map

Dan's Cyclery

553 1st St. Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 753-5867

El Camino Bike Shop

121 N. El Camino Real #A Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 436-2340

Nytro Multi-Sport

766 1st St. Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 632-0006

Hidden Valley Bicycle Store

1040 E. Valley Pkwy. Escondido, CA 92025 (760) 746-1509

Retro Bike

Here's a 6-minute video of the Westfield (Mass.) Manufacturing Company, makers of the Columbia bicycle, "bringing health and pleasure to millions of Americans." It has the soaring music at the front, the all-too-serious (if not urgent-sounding) narrator and the tacky soundtrack that never stops. It's very kitschy, very retro, and very fun.

California Bicycles, Inc.

7462 La Jolla Blvd. La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 454-0316

UCSD Bicycles

Student Center, B-023 La Jolla, CA 92093 (858) 534-4279

Bicycle Works

3655 Avacodo Blvd. La Mesa, CA 91941 (619) 461-6007

Leucadia Cyclery

823 N. Vulcan Leucadia, CA 92024 (760) 436-2786

Lemon Grove Bicycle Company

7388 Broadway Lemon Grove, CA 91945 (619) 469-9831

Cycle Center

13173 #2 Black Mtn. Rd. San Diego, CA 92129 (619) 538-6966

Bicycle Discovery

742 Felspar San Diego, CA 92109 (858) 272-1274 map

Raleigh Route 66 flat bar road bike

Rusty Spokes Vintage Bicycles

1344 Garnet Ave. San Diego, CA 92109 (858) 581-1931

Pedal Pushing

4966 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92115 (619) 583-2043 map

Quality Bicycles

3952 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92117 (619) 270-2412

Thomas Bike Shop

1635 Fern St. San Diego, CA 92102 (619) 232-0674 map

UC Cyclery

8715 Via La Jolla Dr., Suite B, San Diego, CA 92122 (858) 452-8842

North of the Border Bicycles

5955 Mira Mesa Blvd., #G San Diego, CA 92121 (858) 452-1230

Alpha Bicycles

1215 S. Santa Fe Dr. Vista, CA 92083 (760) 724-9822


Fixed Gear "fixie" bike - no brakes!

Adams Avenue Bike Shop

2606 Adams Avenue in San Diego, (619) 295-8500

Alan's Family Bike Shop

1220 S. Coast Highway in Oceanside, (760) -722-3377

Bike 101

243 N. Highway 101 in Solana Beach, (858) 793-5431

Bike Empire

12624 Poway Road in Poway, (858) 679-0306

Bike Tours San Diego

A bike rental and tour company in Downtown San Diego, (619) 238-2444.

Black Mountain Bicycles

9138 Mira Mesa Blvd. in Mira Mesa. (858) 566-0712

Cal Coast Bicycles

3020 Adams Ave., San Diego (619) 281-7433

Carrizo Bikes

648 Palm Canyon Dr. in Borrego Springs, (760) 767-3872.

Cheap Rentals

Beach, bike and surfboard rentals in Mission Beach. (800) 941-7761

Custom Bike Pros

12090 Scripps Summit Dr., Suite B, San Diego, (858) 689-1077

Hi-Tech Bikes

7638 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, Ca. 92111, (858) 715-1517.

Hike Bike Kayak San Diego

Company which offers bike tours, biking clinics, and bike rentals at 2246 Ave. de la Playa in La Jolla.

Holland's Bicycles

977 Orange Ave, Coronado, 92118, (619) 435-3153

Kirk's Bike Shop

619 Main St. in Ramona.

Lemon Grove Bicycle Company

7388 Broadway in Lemon Grove, (619) 469-9831.

Let It Ride Bike Shop

1730 Alpine Blvd. #103 in Alpine, (619) 445-3182.

Mission Hills Bikes

141 W. Washington St., San Diego (619) 296-0618. map

Pacific Coast Cycles

2003 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside (760) 967-4900.

Pennyfarthing's Bicycle Store

314 G Street in Downtown San Diego, (619) 865-7818, (619) 233-7696.

Performance Bikes

Six stores in San Diego County.

San Diego Bike Shop

619 C Street in Downtown San Diego, (619) 237-1245

South Bay Bicycles

1201 Highland Ave. in National City, (619) 477-1445.

Trek Bicycle Superstore

Bike shops at 8495 Fletcher Pkwy. in La Mesa, (619) 668-8787 and 4240 Kearny Mesa Rd. in Kearny Mesa, (858) 974-8735.

A.M. Vidmar Rentals

Rents bikes, x-bikes, trikkes, rowbikes and kickbikes at 706 Pismo Court on the Boardwalk in Mission Beach. (858) 488-BIKE

Bikes, Surfboards and Skateboards

1906 Oceanside Blvd. Suite D, Oceanside, (760) 433-7800

Ellsworth Handcrafted Bikes, Inc.

16225 Highland Trails Drive, Ramona, (760) 788-7500

Beyond Bikes

12310 World trade Dr. Suite 107, San Diego, (858) 673-8800

Zumwalt's Bicycle Center

6425 El Cajon Blvd. in San Diego, (619) 582-6440. map

Do-It-Youself Bicycle Repair

Reto Site and Guide to Bike Rpair

San Diego Bicycle Clubs

San Diego Bicycle Events

San Diego Mountain Biking Trails

Power Grips

Power Grips give most of the benefits of toeclips or clipless/cleat systems on bicycle pedals, without most of the downsides. Power Grips offer benefits which fit well with all but the higher-end performance cyclists. They can be used with regular shoes or sandals with almost no lock-in to a particular type of clip/cleat system. If you have a fair amount of stop-go traffic at intersections, you feel less likely to get a foot stuck and fall over sideways when you have to stop. Highly recommended for all mountain bikers.

Protectective Gear

Always wear a bike helmet to prevent traumatic brain injury. Helmet protection is for motorcyclists, bicyclists, skateboarders, and skiers. Don't suffer from physical, cognitive, psychological, and social impairments due to head injury.

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