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Tahoe area riders: ride question?(5 posts)

Tahoe area riders: ride question?yeah right
Jan 15, 2004 11:57 PM
So some friends talked me in going to tahoe for the weekend. I don't ski, and i need to ride, so I'm wondering if anyone has any good ideas of where to ride in the carnelian bay area (N. Lake Tahoe, cali side)? It's supposed to be close to 50 on saturday, and I'd just like to find some place where I won't be getting nailed by cars, even if it's only for an hour or two. I'm a seattle boy, so I'm not too scared of the cold fwiw.

Thanks!
re: Tahoe area riders: ride question?briburke
Jan 16, 2004 6:54 AM
There's not a ton of roads in the area, so you're pretty much looking at riding on the road which runs around the lake, or you can take the road/bike path from Tahoe City to Trukee, which if I remember is maybe 10 miles. Or if you really feel like climbing you can head up the pass from Incline Village to Mt. Rose (route 431), or any of the other passes. If you check out the area on Mapquest, you'll pretty much see the road options.

It's fun riding, and beautiful scenery. They do a century ride there every summer called America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride
enjoy!
Brian
re: Tahoe area riders: ride question?dan K
Jan 16, 2004 7:04 AM
Yeah, the cars are going to be a hassle. 50 down by the lake is still primo skiing up high.
You go up 431 to Mt. Rose and you're going to get a lot of traffic from tubers and Reno visitors. Going over the summit to Truckee is even crazier now. Road is sandy and cold.
If I was to get in a quick ride right now... man this is tough. The traffic is bad even in the summer at times. Okay, I say ride to Incline (be care between Kings Beach and IV because it's narrow and windy just for a bit) and then go up Mt. Rose until you freeze. Be careful coming down!! And don't forget to have fun.
Wrong time of year for that....Cory
Jan 16, 2004 8:47 AM
I live in Verdi, about 40 miles away but 1200 feet lower than the lake, and we still have snow in the shade from a storm a week or so ago. Reno (500 feet lower) has melted out, but it's under a spectacular temperature inversion--so smoggy you can barely see across the street. Haven't been to Tahoe in a few weeks, but lake level is over 6200 feet and they've had quite a bit of snow, about 140 percent of average. I imagine you'll find snow on the shoulders at least (maybe a few feet of it, depending on where you are), which really narrows roads that are already almost shoulderless, and road sand/salt/debris everywhere. Any runoff will freeze overnight, providing more thrills. One of my favorite local summer rides is from Truckee to Tahoe City on Hwy 89, past Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, about 28 miles RT, but my guess is that it will be very difficult now, plus you'll have the three-day weekend traffic and the Look-it's-snowing Bay Area SUV morons.
re: Tahoe area riders: ride question?lyleseven
Jan 16, 2004 4:43 PM
Forget about the cold, it is going to be wet and probably snow still on the bike path. Too much traffic! It is really hard to justify going out up there this time of year.