Santa Barbara 08: Mr. Bikesmiths
The original Bikesmiths . . . in Carpinteria, CA since 1969. That's Mr. Bikesmitsh. Roadbike Action Magazine recently featured the shop as well. It's a Bike Hugger favorite. Mention a topic -- any bike topic -- and you'll hear a good story in that bike shop. For example, he dissed my old-school Rolls seat and then that started a related convo on Hairnet helmets. Also notice that as old-school as that shop is, that's an FSA carbon bar he's holding.
As small as that shop is, the biggest little bike shop we've seen, he gave us a good deal on a tire.