I've been to a lot more bike shops than I have car dealerships.

Perhaps it comes with the territory of being a twentysomething, but a quick scan of the checking account is a simple reminder that I feel much more comfortable around Trek's, Cannondales and Schwinn's than Lexus's, BMW's and Toyota's.

Moving out to Mira Mesa for the summer I immediately needed a bike shop to call home when I unpacked my road bike and realized that the airplane baggage people had ignored the "handle with care" sign and had replaced it with "man handle often". With a busted bike I hopped on the 921 bus and found myself at Black Mountain Bicycles on 9158 Mira Mesa BLVD.

The mechanic in the back room dropped what he was working on and spent 20 minutes banging my bike back into riding shape, he sent me on my way with a pat on the back and no time to take my wallet out my back pocket. A week later and a few minor accidents under my belt... yes I had a head on collision with a parked car... I was back in the shop repairing the brakes and again I was sent on my way after some friendly conversation and a "don't worry about it, enjoy the ride".

Black Mountain Bicycles defines customer service. They carry a full line of Cannondale, Specialized and Trek. They handle a minor repair and a $4,000 road bike sale the same way - professionally.

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teh_darkcloud July 2, 2008 @ 12:59 p.m.

Hey there! I stumbled upon your blog through Google (I was searching for summer jobs in Mira Mesa)

I think your blog is pretty interesting. I've lived in Mira Mesa for close to 12 years now and I have yet to explore. My mother kind of keeps me locked in the apartment. But more recently, I don't think she cares where I go as long as I come home.

I just bought a bike myself (Hahaha, I don't even know how to ride one as of right now). I intend to ride as much as I can this summer. Maybe I'll see you out on the road somewhere! (I'll be riding this slightly odd looking thing: http://ridethisbike.com/products/Kent/folding-bike-Superlite-Nexus.htm)

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10speeds July 3, 2008 @ 10:06 a.m.

Hey! Good luck on that bike, it looks like quite the ride. Have fun out there, and if you get a chance check out the coastal riding along HWY 101, it's beautiful along Cardiff State Beach Etc. Thanks for reading!

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