What kind of mountain bike rider do I have to be?

TMG designs tours for riders of every ability level, from beginner tours to the advanced mountain bike rider. When making your reservation, TMG will ask about your riding ability and use the information to plan a specialized tour to fit your riding level. Please use this guide to help choose which category you fit into:

Beginner: age 13 to adult. Beginners include anyone who doesn’t ride a mountain bike often, prefers to ride fire roads or gentle single track trails, and is able to be on the bike for an average of two hours.

Intermediate: teens & adults age 13 and up. Intermediate riders include anyone who rides fairly often and is relatively fit, comfortable on single track or steeper roads and is able to be on the bike for up to two hours.

Advanced: age 15 and older only. Advanced riders are those who ride mountain bikes often, can handle technical single track and are able to be on the bike four to six hours.

Kid: children from age 7 to 12. People in this category should be comfortable on a bike for up to one and a half hours.

Do you rent bikes?

Yes, TMG has bike rentals. TMG offers front and full suspension mountain bikes for our tours. When you make your reservation for your bike tour you can also reserve a rental bike. Rentals include a water bottle and a helmet. Standard bikes are $45 and $65 for a premium full suspension.

What type of bikes can I rent?

The choices are endless, ranging from Norco, Scott, Ibis, Santa Cruz, Felt, Rocky Mountain and more! You can choose from front suspension, full suspension and 29?er frames.

When are tours available?

Our one-day tours are available daily during mountain bike season. In Lake Tahoe, California this normally means May through November. We also offer multi-day tours and group tours during these same months.

How far will we ride?

The length of the ride depends on the riders in the group and whether you are on a half-day or full day tour. Tours can vary from 3 miles to long 25+ mile epics! Let TMG know what you want!

What should I wear?

Closed toed shoes, no sandals, breathable shirts, biking gloves, and bike shorts or regular shorts are recommended. Be prepared for weather changes by bringing a light rain jacket or warmer top layer. Jeans and non-athletic shoes are not recommended. Helmets are required and are provided with all rental bikes.

How many people will be on tour?

Single day and multi-day tours average between three to eight cyclists, with a maximum of twelve.

If I bring my riding shoes, can you put clipless pedals on my rental bike for me?

If you bring your own pedals and shoes, we will put your pedals on your rental bike for you. TMG does not supply clipless pedals.

What will the weather be like?

In the Sierra, spring and fall typically has pleasant riding weather. Daytime temperatures range from the low fifties to high seventies and nighttime temperatures dropping into the upper thirties. Occasional weather systems can bring colder temperatures and moisture. In the summer, you can expect temperatures to range from the mid seventies to upper eighties.

Does TMG provide lunch?

TMG will provide lunch upon request. Day tour lunches consist of in-season fruit, gourmet sandwiches made fresh daily with free range, natural meat & organic produce. Pasta salad, tossed green salad or appetizers can be added depending on the tour and lunch location. Vegetarian options are available. Multi-day tours will have different meals each day consisting of picnic lunches and BBQ.

What is your cancellation policy?

Often life takes over and guests occasionally may have to cancel reservations with us. We will try to accommodate as many situations as possible but generally we stick to our cancellation policy set for both one day and multi-day tours. TMG will mail you a credit for the cancellation fee good for another Tahoe Mountain Guides Tour taken in the next two years.

One Day Tours: Cancellations received at least 48 hours prior to the tour date will be charged a $25 per person processing fee. Any cancellations received within 48 hours of tour date or no- shows are not eligible for a refund.

Multi-Day Tours: If you cancel 60 or more days before your trip there is a $75 cancellation fee. Cancellations from 59 to 45 days before a trip will result in a total loss of deposit. If a trip is canceled from 44 to 14 days before the scheduled departure, the participant will be required to pay 50% of trip price. Any cancellations made within 14 days of a scheduled trip will not be eligible for any refund.

Do you hire new guides?

Yes, every year we hire new guides. To guide with Tahoe Mountain Guides, you need to be local, have your First Aid and CPR, EMT certification preferred, be a mountain biker who is very familiar with our local trail systems and restaurant scene. If this describes you, please contact us to schedule an interview.