Thanks to all!!
Just got back from Tahoe, and what a great time we had! Cyclepaths was a cool bikeshop indeed, with an outdoor adjustment station complete with tools & stand. They set up the Giant Reign I rented right there out in the sunshine. How cool is that? I rode up the Ward Alpine Jeep trail via Chamonix, then onto Rusty's Trail, and down part of the Tahoe Rim Trail back to 89, and took a relaxing cruise back to Cyclepaths on the biketrail. A lot of fun. I really didn't know where I was going, but I had a map. On the climb up to the trail on Chamonix, I ran into a guy heading up and asked him if he knew the trails I was looking for. Turned out he did, and was riding up there too, but dropping down the Rawhide trail at some point to head back to where he was staying. We rode together for about an hour and a half. Turns out he's FatWeasel here on the the forums, and I we think we may have had a few back and forth posts over the years. How about that!?!
My wife and I rode the Flume Trail Tuesday, despite the 94 degrees at 11:00. Maybe we should have got an earlier start, but we muscled through the 1200 ft. climb out of Spooner Lake, taking several shady breaks as the heat took its toll on us. I guess "most" people have to walk the last few hundred feet, but we made it all the way up. And it was totally worth it. No real technical challenges, but the views are top notch with anywhere I've ever ridden (including Breckenridge, Moab, Santa Cruz, New Hampshire's White Mountains, and Nevada City CA). The bike shop at Spooner Lake was very helpful and they actually enjoyed our enthusiasm and excitement over our ride. Sometimes I've gotten the old "been there, done that" attitude that I find so unneccesary and generally lame from rental shops, but not from these guys & girls. It was a nice shop, and I got to try the bike my wife rides every day, a Specialized Epic. What a far cry from my Heckler! I would have been in trouble on this climb with that sucker. The Epic climbed very well, I thought, and was very predictable and nimble on the couple log rides I tried and airs I got on a few rollers. All in all, a fantastic time. Thanks again to all of you for the tips. We'll definitely be back, and we want to try to ride from Mt. Rose all the way back to Spooner next time.:thumbsup:
Here are some pics from the Flume Trail.