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Any good riding in South Lake Tahoe?(6 posts)

Any good riding in South Lake Tahoe?Scy
Aug 6, 2002 8:47 PM
I'm going to be in the South Lake Tahoe area on business at the end of August. Is there any good road ridin' there or is it stop and go traffic? Any good road bike rental shops or should I ship my own?

Thanks all.
Aug 6, 2002 9:40 PM
I live in N. Lake, where there's some great road riding. If you can get out in the morning, or during the week, the ride around the lake, sure has traffic, but has some of the most beautiful scenery around ~72miles.

you might want to take your mtn bike instead, as S. Lake tahoe is host to sections of the rim trail, mr toad's wild ride, and many other epic mtb rides.
I visited there a few years ago, and, to offer an outsider'sbill
Aug 7, 2002 5:38 AM
perspective, I endorse the MTB recommendation. I had called ahead to a couple of area bike shops to see about road riding and rental opportunities. I was told that the route around the lake was breathtaking but prohibitively dangerous. They assured me that people regularly get knocked over. The guy said, "Well, people do it, but . . . ." I said, surely you've done it. He said, "I do it once a year. Got knocked over the last time, anyway." That was sort of enough for me.
I still thought that this had to be a bit alarmist, but when I got there I saw what they were talking about. Not only do you have to be ready for some real honest to goodness climbing and steep descents, but it's all on twisty, pretty narrow roads that you are sharing with Winnebagoes driven by gawking tourists. I saw people riding around the lake, but I was sort of glad that I didn't do it. We were in the south, so that around the lake was the only option -- there is nowhere else to go.
I rented a MTB and had a ball, although I never was able to find the famous trails. Some of them were just outside my window of opportunity (I was there with my family, and I would just go for a little while in the a.m.), but the couple of times I tried to find a trail I just plain couldn't. Still had fun, though. Just took off into the woods. The place is lousy with trails.
It is gorgeous. One of my favorite spots on the planet.
Aug 7, 2002 6:21 AM
Remember, you are at 6,000 feet.

There aren't a lot of roads for road riding. You can go around the lake, or climb the various passes. You can go over Spooner, down towards Carson City and up Mt. Rose. I know lots of people who have ridden around the lake with no problems, but there is little or no shoulder in many places. The road out to Truckee is pretty good.

I would bring a mountain bike instead. There are so many great, world-reknown trails right out your door. Start with the Flume Trail, which is spectacular. Do it from Spooner, come back via Red House and Sunflower Hill. Or wimp out and shuttle back.
Beautiful spot, but tough in Augustcory
Aug 7, 2002 8:01 AM
I live near Reno, and spend a lot of time at the lake. It's one of the prettiest spots in the world, if you like mountains (I'm more a beach guy...), with wonderful places to ride--EXCEPT for the summer traffic. Much of the 70-odd mile loop around the lake has no shoulders (I mean NONE, a few inches), and the half-drunk casino-goer traffic isn't programmed to watch out for bikes. Much nicer from Labor Day until the weather gets cold in mid- to late October.
Like the other posters, I agree about mountain bikes--any shop can tell you where to go, and you should have days in the 70s to low 80s, sunshine and nights above freezing.
BTW- drink more water.SnowBlind
Aug 7, 2002 9:25 AM
You seem to lose it faster than at sea level.