Tahoe Mountain Guides (TMG) is the local permitted mountain bike tour guide and mtb shuttle company for beginner, advanced and expert mtb tours in the Truckee Lake Tahoe area. Our guides have years of biking and in-depth knowledge of hundreds of miles of trails not found on a map. TMG offers customized mountain bike tours: Single Day, 3 Day and 5 Day mtb tours throughout Truckee and Lake Tahoe in the majestic Tahoe National Forest. Tahoe Mountain Guides will ensure you have a breathtaking ride - from a mellow afternoon outing to trails that will test your skill. Join us for vistas of a lifetime along introductory rides or intense singletrack trails in the Sierra Nevada mountains and leave your Lake Tahoe and Truckee mountain bike adventure to Tahoe Mountain Guides.

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This question is asked of Tahoe Mountain Guides often.  What do we carry when mountain biking?  We carry a lot of gear to fix a bike, a mountain bike rider and enough water for a small village.  Our experience on the mtb trail and having encountered many different situations on the trail, we always ride prepared.  But the question is what should YOU carry?  Maybe you are a beginner mountain biker and not sure.  Well, keep reading and copy and past to a list to take to your favorite bike shop.

First and foremost, carry food and water:

  1. Carry water and/or powder mixed in with the water
  2. Carry Clif Bar’s, Odwalla Bar’s, or your favorite snack for sustained energy
  3. Don’t forget a banana and a sandwich
  4. Nuts and dried fruit are easy to pack

A typical mountain bike ride can last 2 to 4 hours, so make sure you have these essential tools:

  1. Bike Pump – Make sure to purchase a packable pump for both shraeder and presta valves.  You never know who you might need to help.  If you don’t want a traditional bike pump, CO2 is fast and easy.
  2. Spare Tubes –  No matter if you ride tubeless or not, carry an extra tube.  Plus, we all have a buddy who gets a flat and forgets his tube.  If you want to keep riding, lend your extra tube
  3. Tire Levers – Carry two tire levers.  Be careful when using these; don’t damage your tire or worse, the rim
  4. Multi tool – Make sure it has a chain breaker, allen key, flat and phillips head screwdriver, and a knife.  You don’t need too much, but make sure the multi tool has the right tool for your bike
  5. Patch Kit – When the tubes run out, this is your last resort
  6. Disk Brake Pads – If you are riding in the mud, you will see your brake pads fade away fast.  They are light weight and take up no room in the pack
  7. Money – Throw a $20 bill in your pack.  Just in case you need help, more food or a way to get home, the $20 will come in handy
  8. Cell Phone – This is always a must have in case of an emergency.  Don’t make phone calls or check messages; save that for after the ride.  But, if someone gets hurt, you could be a life saver
  9. First Aid Kit – Band aides, gauze pads and pain killer tablets (Advil)
Mountain Biking Essential Tools

Mountain Biking Essential Tools

And you just never know items:

  1. small roll of electrical tape
  2. a derailleur hanger
  3. a couple zip ties
  4. Sram Powelink
  5. light rain jacket or fleece
  6. waterproof matches

Now I know what you are thinking, “This is a lot to pack for a mountain bike ride!”  Well, not really.  And if you are wearing the right pack, Hydrapack is what TMG recommends, you will see just how much room you have left over.  These items come in handy to get you out of any sticky situation, and believe it or not, most items you will find just sit in your pack and never get used.  But at least you are prepared!

If you are new to some of the items listed and don’t know how to use them, don’t worry, pack it anyway.  Ask your bike shop to show you how to work the tool, your friends, or Tahoe Mountain Guides.

Happy mountain biking!

The TMG Crew

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So, maybe you are new to mountain biking or a seasoned veteran, and you have asked the question, “why should I choose to mountain bike with Tahoe Mountain Guides?”  Well, we have asked ourselves the same question and believe the answer is quite simple:

Mountain bike tours available for all ability levels

Mountain bike tours available for all ability levels. TMG will teach you to not only go down a hill, but the proper way to go up too.

  • Tahoe Mountain Guides offers one on one personalized instruction.  TMG’s instruction is for every type of rider from young to adult, teaching you the skills and technique to excel as a mountain biker.
  • We do not take a chairlift to the top of a mountain bike climb.  We teach you proper weight distribution, cadence and the skills to get you to the top of the mountain.  We like to earn our turns; this makes the downhill portion that much more enjoyable.  Don’t worry, you will get the same instruction to get you down the hill, too.  If you want to experience just the downhill portion of mountain biking, we think you will enjoy the mountain bike park Northstar at California has to offer the gravity rider.
  • Tahoe Mountain Guides holds extensive permits from the U.S. Forest Service allowing us a wide range of trails for every ability level.  We are proud to work in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service and take this responsibility with great pride.
  • TMG loves to mountain bike!  We also like to talk.  Not only will you get a breathtaking view, amazing trails and enjoyable experience, you will also get the history, local folklore and funny stories about Lake Tahoe and Truckee.  Also, we like to stop and take in the view, too!
  • Our guides will only take 3-4 riders at a time.  With larger groups, we assess all riders and can split-up according to ability levels.  This way everyone has an enjoyable experience and does the ride they want.
  • Each tour is about you!  It is never about the guide.
  • Tahoe Mountain Guides offers shuttle service for you and your friends on the Tahoe Truckee Super D!
  • Heaven for bid any of our guests have an accident, TMG is prepared.  All guides are medically trained.
Tahoe Mountain Guides offers mtb instruction

Tahoe Mountain Guides offers mtb instruction for every ability level

Want to experience a ride with Tahoe Mountain Guides?  It’s easy to ride with TMG; just contact us, make a reservation for yourself, a group of friends, family, or a company team building workshop.  We just want to ride and make new mtb friends!  Tahoe Mountain Guides hits the trail seven days a week and waiting to ride with you.

Let’s mtb!

The TMG Crew

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The weekend is upon us and the free time we anticipate from a busy work week is calling for a mountain bike ride.  The weather is perfect, mid 60’s, and the dirt is prime.  Each trail has it’s own timeline of being “rideable” in the Lake Tahoe area.  So, Tahoe Mountain Guides decided to check on the ever popular trail, Paige Meadows.

Paige Meadows, Lake Tahoe, CA

Great start to the weekend in Paige Meadows

Paige Meadows can be accessed from a variety of locations;  I like to start from Alpine Meadows.  The initial ascent begins on a fire road for a good 20 minutes, or longer, depending on your climbing skills.  The fire road rounds Scott Peak of Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, then a fast descent into Paige Meadows.  At this point you will hit the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT).  Again, many options can be ridden with many exit points depending on how long of a ride you wish your legs to endure.

The main meadow is still under water and quite swampy.  I give Paige at least another 3 to 4 weeks to dry out.  While walking through the bog, TMG encountered quite a few bike tracks trying to push through.  Yes, it’s fun to get muddy, but remember when the trail drys out we are all stuck with deep ruts.  If possible find a safe way to walk your bike around, or just turn around.  And by all means, DON”T make a new trail!  Let’s keep Paige Meadows in good shape!  Another encounter occurred, but we were not fast enough with the camera.  A large mother bear was making her way through the meadow upon a log.  Unfortunately, when she spotted us she ran like a dog chasing a ball into the woods.  So on that note, be mindful when coming around a corner, you never know who, or what, will be waiting.

Paige Meadows Tahoe City, CA

Looking through Paige Meadows and snow caped peaks

For more information on where to ride, routes and mountain bike guide information, be sure to check out www.TahoeMountainGuides for your next adventure.  And if you need a bike, or want to demo the latest and greatest full suspension bikes from Rocky Mountain and Santa Cruz Bicycles, all our bikes come from Cycle Paths.  We are all located in your one stop shop, Truckee Sports Exchange.

Happy Riding!

The TMG Crew

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The morning of June 3rd there was a certain electricity in the air unraveling in Truckee, CA.  Mountain bikes lubed with Gnar, tires pressure checked, and coffee sipped.  The anticipation of and early morning shuttle ride via Tahoe Mountain Guides to the Tahoe Truckee Super D along with our friends Arielle and Abbey from Santa Cruz Bicycles.

Santa Cruz bikes was on their way to Truckee from Downieville, CA.  If you have never heard of Downieville, look it up…it’s a mountain bikers mecca.  But that’s not to say Truckee isn’t in the same category.  Santa Cruz was going to host a mountain bike demo in Truckee, but first…let’s ride!

Tahoe Mountain Guides - Tahoe Truckee Super D Shuttle

Tahoe Mountain Guides – Tahoe Truckee Super D Shuttle

All we had time for was a quick loop on the Tahoe Truckee Super D, but faces were all smiles.  The trail was riding the best it possibly could and the view of Lake Tahoe in its early morning haze was magical.  But, with half an hour to spare, it was now time to deploy to the Sawtooth Ridge trail head, set-up tents, get the Santa Cruz mountain bikes ready and hope for a decent turn-out of mountain bikers.

Santa Cruz Bicycle Demo Day

Santa Cruz Bicycle Demo Day

The crowd was a perfect size and bikes would roll out as soon as a bike was returned.  Arielle and Abbey fit bikes to the demo seekers as TMG signed-in guests, bike of choice they wanted to demo and talked bikes.  The fleet of  Santa Cruz bikes included: Blur TRC, Tallboy LT long travel 29er, Superlight 29er, Carbon Nomad, Carbon Blur LT & XC and Juliana women’s specific trail bike.

Santa Cruz Demo Bikes

Santa Cruz Demo Bikes

Each rider returning via the Happy Face trial was doing just that, smiling.  Exclaiming “I love this bike”, riders were then sent to Cycle Paths Bike Shop to order a new Santa Cruz bike.  The event was a huge success with many thanks going to Arielle and Abbey of Santa Cruz; Cycle Paths Bike Shop and all who came out to demo a new Santa Cruz bike.

The TMG Crew

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Mountain biking is a sport that can involve some speed; especially while on a downhill descent.  Often we reach for the brakes slowing into those turns, and sometimes we find ourselves falling over, or just biffing it.  Why does this happen?  Lack of speed.  Getting out of our comfort zone can be no fun, fearful, yet exhilarating.  Here are a few tips to use speed as your friend, to help push your personal envelope and become a more confident rider.

Ride a downhill section you have ridden before and note where you apply the brakes into that coming corner.  The next time, wait a few second longer.  Remember, speed is your friend.  The wheels act as a gyroscope and want to stay upright.   The faster those wheels spin the more rigid they become.  The only way to accomplish this effect is with speed.  Start this new maneuver  gradually, and practice, practice, practice.   Soon you will be taking those corners leaving friends in awe.

Tahoe Mountain Guides Tips

Tahoe Mountain Guides Tips

Hold on to those handle bars!  We all put a finger or two on each brake lever, right?  Well, instead of placing your fingers on the lever, wrap all five around the bars.  This will also give you a more secure grip.  I know, this can be intimidating, but trust me, when it comes time to brake you will know where the lever is located.  Don’t forget to keep that head up and look down the trail.

Going faster is not something I recommend doing overnight.  Ease into the feeling and gradually enhance those skills.  Before you know it, you will be mountain biking faster and ready for any trail.

The TMG Crew

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