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.

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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Lake Tahoe moring view.

Tahoe mountain Guides looking at Lake Tahoe in the morning.

I hear some mountain bikers say they have not been on the bike enough this summer.  What’s wrong with the fall?  You should be on the local trails now!  The mountain bike season has not ended and the trails are in the best shape ever!  The fall season in Tahoe and Truckee brings new wonder; it brings incredible colors leaping from the mountain bike trails, and the dirt you ride with those knobby tires sticking to the trails enabling you to ride faster than ever.  Are you starting think, “why am I not on my mountain bike!?”  Yeah, Tahoe Mountain Guides want you on the trail, too!

Fall colors and stream crossing with Tahoe Mountain Guides.

Fall colors and stream crossing with Tahoe Mountain Guides.

Tahoe Mountain Guides have been getting after the trails all season long.  We know the trails, we know the conditions, and we know what you will like.   Each mountain bike tour is fit to your ability level, and special care is taken to ensure your safe arrival with a smile.  Fall in Lake Tahoe also has some of the best biking weather.  Temperatures range in the mid to upper 60’s.  Make sure to bring a fleece if we ride into the sunset.   For more information or to book a mountain bike tour, don’t wait too long.  As soon as the snow falls, TMG will be off the bikes and strapped to our alpine and telemark skis.

Aspen shrouded trail and fall colors.

Aspen shrouded trail and fall colors.

Fall colors in Tahoe/Truckee will keep you looking up and not on the trail.

Fall colors in Tahoe/Truckee will keep you looking up and not on the trail.

Be sure to Like us on Facebook and follow Tahoe Mountain Guides on Twitter for all the latest information.

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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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Finally I get to sit down and write a little something about all of our friends we have taken out on the mountain bike trail.  The riding has been epic, our tours have been outstanding and the friends we have made are just the best people you could ever meet.   They come from all over; Georgia, Canada, New York, locally and beyond!  And the best part, most of our tours are introductory rides with guests never sitting on a full-suspension bike let alone hitting a singletrack trail; and now they share the excitement and passion Tahoe Mountain Guides has for the sport of mountain biking.  Take a look at what we do:

The best mountain bike: Rocky Mountain, Santa Cruz and more!

Tahoe Mountain Guides with CyclePaths putting you on the best bikes.

Tahoe Mountain Guides Shuttle Service

Leave the driving to Tahoe Mountain Guides.

Tahoe Mountain Guides: Guide, Geoff, getting to know the clients

TMG gets to know each mtb rider before every ride

TMG makes sure the ride is about you, not the guides.

TMG makes sure the ride is about you, not the guides.

if you don't know how to ride a log crossing like Tanya, TMG can teach you!

if you don't know how to ride a log crossing like Tanya, TMG can teach you!

Tahoe Mountain Guides gets you to look up and enjoy the view

Tahoe Mountain Guides gets you to look up and enjoy the view

At the end of each ride, we wipe off the trail, we share stories, and high five's all around

At the end of each ride, we wipe off the trail, we share stories, and high five's all around

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