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Going to Lake Tahoe for five days and wondered if I could get some tips from the Norcal crew. I'll be staying on the Northern part of the lake, but I don't really know much about where to go and what to check out. My wife and I want to rent some bikes and any suggestions about a cool shop we can give our business to would be greatly appreciated. We are psyched to get on some mountain trails and take in the amazing views, but since we live on the coast, and the biggest hille we ride are only a couple hundred feet tall, we know we'll be hurtin'. Looking forward to the pain. Thanks for any info. E
 

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TahoeRimTrail.org will give you some info for Tahoe riding. There are several access points on the north side. The North Tahoe Cross Country Center would be a nice starting point. Its located about 3 miles east of Tahoe City by Dollar Pt and the high school. The trails are mellow from here and go out in all directions. If you work it right, its not too hard to access the TRT. Grab a map at one of the bike stores in Tahoe City.
 

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Going to Lake Tahoe for five days and wondered if I could get some tips from the Norcal crew. I'll be staying on the Northern part of the lake, but I don't really know much about where to go and what to check out. My wife and I want to rent some bikes and any suggestions about a cool shop we can give our business to would be greatly appreciated. We are psyched to get on some mountain trails and take in the amazing views, but since we live on the coast, and the biggest hille we ride are only a couple hundred feet tall, we know we'll be hurtin'. Looking forward to the pain. Thanks for any info. E
Lookie here. Everything you need.

http://www.cyclepaths.com/trailinfo/index.html

A cool shop in Tahoe City (north lake) that rents bikes and a whole list of trails. I've done Paige Meadows, Stanford Rock, the TRT from Tahoe City to Kings Beach, the Flume Trail...all very good rides. Have fun!
 

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Thx Ebo, K-max& WrWLF!!

Great places to check out. :thumbsup: Anyone have a favorite out of the way/cool place to stay for 1 or 2 nights on the tail end of the 10 days(17-18th)? We have lodging for the rest but are looking for something memorable to cap off the trip. Something we could ride right out of would be outstanding! We don't plan on having a tent, so camping is probably out
 

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Checkout the Tamarack Lodge just outside Tahoe City. TamarackatTahoe.com me thinks. I've stayed there many times through the years. Good prices on small cabins, riding out the front door. This is also only about one mile from the XC center I previously mentioned. It's also an easy 2-3 mile ride back to Tahoe City to access the TRT there if desired. Wherewolf's suggestion is also right on the money and the guys at Cyclepaths have always been helpful and cool.
 

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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.
 

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...And a few more

Hope you enjoy a few more, 'cause we enjoyed taking them! Check my honey going for a mini wall ride! God I love that girl! And hey, that's not a beer gut, just a weird angle or something. I knew that guy would mess the lake picture up.;)
 

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Hey Erik....Craig from Long Island here.

Looks like you a Kirsten had a blast.

You 2 need to make your way down here some time so we can return the favor and show you around.

The gang's heading up to Kingdom Trails on the 22nd for the weekend.
This will be our first time riding there.

Hope all is well.
Peace out.
 
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