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.

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 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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It’s over a month earlier than last mountain bike season, and conditions couldn’t be better!  TMG has been out riding the trails you all love (those that haven’t visited WILL LOVE!) and we couldn’t be happier.  Night time temps are cooperating and keeping the trails tacky, dust-free and fast.  In the upper elevation we still have some snow, but don’t worry, with day time temps reaching the 70’s, snow won’t be lasting long.  So, with all this good news, it’s time to hit the trails!  Tahoe Mountain Guides has some exciting new things going on for this summer tour season.

Mountain bike tour along the Emigrant Trail

Tahoe Mountain Guides has moved!  That’s right, we found a home with our good friends, Truckee Sports Exchange, and guess who came with us…that’s right, Cycle Paths is under the same roof, too!  We are all excited for our new home and ready to serve.  Now you can get your mountain bikes, accessories, mountain bike guides, rock climbing and stand up paddle boarding all in one location!  Come say hi at 10095 West River St. Truckee, Ca. 96161

New this season, Tahoe Mountain Guides will be offering Historic Truckee Legacy Trail tours.  The Legacy Trail tour is great for families of all ages with views of the Truckee River, with interest boards along the way telling of Truckee’s historic past.  Enjoy the Legacy Trail on a multi-speed townie comfort bike riding an easy 2.3 miles or 7 mile tour depending on your time.  For more details visit TMG’s  bike tour page.

Truckee Historic Legacy Trail

Don’t forget, if you are looking for a Downieville type experience with a shuttle service, Tahoe Mountain Guides offers shuttle service to the Tahoe Truckee Super D.  First shuttle ride is $20 per person.  Shuttle ride is 4 person minimum and shuttle times are: 9:45, 11:45 & 1:45.  Book your shuttle today!

Tahoe Truckee Super D

See YOU on the trails!

TMG Team

 

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First, Tahoe Mountain Guides would like to thank Lake Tahoe’s All-Women Sport Camp for the opportunity to participate and to share in such an amazing event.  And, we got to mountain bike with Marla Streb!  World class mountain biker right here in our own backyard!  Also, a huge “Thank You” to ALL the ladies who participated.  Tahoe Mountain Guides enjoyed getting dirty with you, and cleaning up a couple of you while breaking that learning curve.  We hope you had as much fun as we did, and hope to see you at the camp next summer!

Lake Tahoe's All-Women Sports Camp

Lake Tahoe's All-Women Sports Camp

Marla Streb world class mountain biker in her element instructing

Marla Streb world class mountain biker in her element instructing

The tours are flowing like the singletrack we love to ride.  And on the singletrack, we have taken many riders from many walks of life from all over the world.  TMG’s guests have come from: Canada, Germany, Israel, South Korea, and East Coast Represent!…as well as from the streets we walk in the Truckee/Tahoe area.  Each and every day, our guides at TMG look forward to meeting new guests and expanding our experience beyond our mountain get-away town.  TMG has converted casual riders, and newbie’s, to mountain bikers!

Paul and Phil coming from Watson Lake

Paul and Phil coming from Watson Lake

Mountain bikers from all over join Tahoe Mountain Guides

Mountain bikers from all over join Tahoe Mountain Guides

The long and short of it, Tahoe Mountain Guides is having some fun and it’s because of YOU!  If you have yet to experience a tour with TMG, give us a call, send us an email, or show up at the shop.   Bike tours are always available, and fit to your ability level.  We want to hear your story and make many more mountain bike friends.

Dave slaying the Tahoe Truckee Super D

Dave slaying the Tahoe Truckee Super D

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