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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They’re back! 2014 Rocky Mountain Bicycles will be available for demo August 8 & 9th.

Where: Be at the Sawtooth Trail

FRIDAY August 8th – Rocky Mountain Demo & Super D Shuttle – with Tahoe Mountain Guides

  • First come first serve.
  • Demo 2014 Rocky Mountain Bikes on the Tahoe Truckee Super D.
  • Meet at Sawtooth Trail head and we will shuttle riders to the Tahoe Truckee Super D.
  • Must register 48 hours in advance to reserve bike and space on the shuttle. Bikes and sizes listed below.
  • Contact TMG to reserve the bike & size you would like to demo. (530)686-5895
  • After contacting TMG, reserve your Super D Shuttle online for August 8th only. No payments will be accepted day of Demo.
  • Chose either the 10am or noon shuttle online (can only do one shuttle).
  • Please be at the trail head half-hour before shuttle departure.
  • $20 gets you – Demo, Shuttle, Guide & after Tahoe Truckee Super D beverages.

SATURDAY August 9th – Rocky Mountain Demo bikes available from 10am to 2pm

  • All Rocky Mountain Demo’s are FREE.
  • Demo bike on loop in Sawtooth.
  • Must have valid drivers license and credit card to demo bike.

Rocky Mountain Demo Bikes Available:

Rocky Mountain Instinct 970 MSL – Size: M, L, XL

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Rocky Mountain Instinct 970 BC Edition – Size: L

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Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL – Size: S, M, L, XL

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Rocky Mountain Altitude Rally – Size: M

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Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt – Size: S, M, L, XL

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Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL – Size: S, M, L, XL

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Really?  That was fast!  Hard to believe summer 2013 has come and gone.  In our third season of operation, we were greeted with numerous mtb tours, beginner to super advanced excursions, and all ending with high fives, maybe a beer or two and dirt crusted smiles.  Now winter is upon and Tahoe Mountain Guides is making way for another season of snow shoe adventures.  But, before we get cozy for winter 2013/2014, let’s reminiscence to the many mountain bike adventures had with new and old friends.  Let’s remember our accomplishments and new trails conquered; a new sport you tried and succeeded… and booking another tour for next season!  So, thank you to TMG’s many mountain bikers, return clients and tours to come.

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As we always say, “the ride is about the client, not the guide.”  This has been our mantra since the first tour and holds true to this day.  We love to mtb, but we want you to love mtb’ing as much as us.  So, we will not be a parent or demanding coach, just a friend enjoying the scenery Tahoe/Truckee has to offer.  We are there to give you suggestions to enhance your skill level, but most importantly, for you to have as much fun as we are having.  That is why we do what we do.  These same ideals carry over to TMG’s snow shoe adventures.  Just you, nature, a fresh blanket of snow, and some know it all guide who keeps telling you facts and history of the Truckee, Tahoe area.  Yeah, we love where we live!

Tahoe Mountain Guides  Full moon snow shoe tour dates are available on our website.  If you would like to book a snow shoe tour for another date, just call, text, email, smoke signal… we can accommodate your needs and customize a snow shoe tour for any occasion and ability.  TMG will provide snow shoes, poles and a warm beverage and some of the most amazing scenery our winter wonderland has to offer.

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We’ve all been there, descending the mountain bike trail when the feeling of gravity is no longer with us, but against us.  Hurling us through the air, facial expressions leaving friends laughing, squealing like a school-yard girl, then slamming you to the ground.  Fortunately, a carefree attitude on the trail can help with a safer than expected exit off the bike.

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Falling over your handle bars is never fun. Learn to tuck and roll for a safer and better way to ward off mtb injuries.

Many things are going through your head while flying through the air.  Using those final seconds to console yourself with the fact that at least you are not going to skid along pavement like those roadies; and no matter the bruises and cuts, no cars will be playing pinball with me across the highway.  However, no time for consoling thoughts.  Instead, use the time to look where you are going to land, and forcing yourself from the instinctual in these situations – trying to protect yourself with outreached arms.  Catching yourself this way is a great way to break one.  Trust me, I speak from experience.

So how to fall?  The “tuck-and-roll” technique of tucking your arms in close to the body to hit the ground on the upper arm and shoulder and rolling into the fall.  Just don’t use this technique on a ridgeline or narrow cliff trail… The roll could result in a minute long tumble and undoubtedly resulting in more than what we carry in our pack.

As for a sure fire way to prevent falls and injuries when the terrain gets steep, just get off your bike.  Even the best mountain bikers and cyclists meet up with terrain now and again that are best walked, not ridden.   So, no matter what you decide to do, ride through a steep technical section, or get off your bike and walk to a safe location, make sure to ride another day.

The TMG Crew

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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)
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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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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.

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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.

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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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