Bend, OR Road trip with Geoff Gulevich
I’m ready for bike season, are you? This video will help you get stoked on the bike season!
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Bend, OR Road trip with Geoff Gulevich
The Jackie Chan Down Hill Mountain Bike Documentary
Its spring time in Tahoe, its time to tune up your ride or stop by and check out the latest in bikes. The Shoreline Bike department is up and running, we wish Jackie Chan was up and running. This Vid is now history, this trail was taken out two summers ago by the US forest Service. The Forest Service has had a love hate relationship with Downhill mountain biking. They seem to allow them in certain places, but don’t like to see new trails pop up. So before you venture out on to the trails, stop on in and get the latest info on what trails are open.
The hope in the future is that Heavenly will put in mountain biking…
Leave it to our good budies at Lake Tahoe Films to feed our early riding adictions with another rippin good clip from their classic Mountian Biking DVD “GOOD RIDES” Check out the lines, Jumps and ladders…funny thing this looks like “Lazy Mary” not “Crazy Larry” but what do I know…
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, in partnership with the US Forest Service and Nevada State Parks, is pleased to be involved in a project to move 3 miles of trail from pavement to forest. New, view-filled segments will improve the trail experience and eliminate conflicts with vehicles. The project adds 13 miles of new trail to the Tahoe Rim Trail system!
There will be short, scenic loop trails around the Upper Kingsbury neighborhood and out to Castle Rock. We will construct a connector from the Tahoe Rim Trail down through the Van Sickle Unit of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park to Stateline, NV. In an effort to make the trail system sustainable, we will improve and incorporate some existing trails. While professional trail crews and conservation corps will be used to build technical features, the rest of the trail will be built for the public, by the public! Both special volunteer events and regular workdays will take place June through October, each year. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association has a long history of incredible volunteer participation and we expect to see one of our biggest turnouts yet.
How can you get involved? We invite you to lend a hand and get dirty building trail! Own a business? You can support our special events and help us recognize the efforts of our volunteers! Want your friends, family and coworkers to join in the fun? Host a BBQ or block party and we’ll bring all of the maps and information to get you started! Contact the TRTA!
I should start keeping track of all the times the local riders rebuild this popular trail (Jackie Chan Downhill). This is the second time the forest service has had to spend time and money removing what they call an illegal trail. Illegal trails will continue to be blazed through National forest lands due to the advances in downhill mountain bike designs. As Downhill mountain bikes improve every year the riders are able to descend steeper and steeper terrain. With riders able to drop almost anything put in their way, the forest service has an impossible task. The solution to me seems very simple, allow downhill mountain biking at Heavenly Ski Resort. Lets look at all the up sides to this idea. First, instead of spending tax dollars on taking down trails that keep being rebuilt, Heavenly will collect taxes. Heavenly is set for injuries in terms of established first aid, the forest is far more riskier for riders to ride. This is not to say the forest service should ban all mountain biking, but by allowing the advanced riding at Heavenly it would greatly reduce the risk on forest service land. Heavenly has already invested in erosion control according to the TRPA’s standards. In other words if we believe that mountain biking increases erosion, causing the lake clarity to suffer, then decreasing the riding on forest lands, and moving those riders to areas that have sedimentary pools already in place is the quickest way to help the Lake Tahoe environment.
It is my understanding that the TRPA will not allow Heavenly to offer it’s terrain to mountain biking. This restriction, is understood by all parties, and makes logical sense, but over time many other mountain communities have been able to protect their environment, and offer mountain biking. With the growth in popularity of mountain biking, I’ve heard countless guest’s respond in shock and unbelief when we tell them they’re not allowed on Heavenly with their bike. One visitor assumed he could ride the lift like other resorts he had been to, but when I informed him he couldn’t, he went nuts. He had planned his trip around the idea of mountain biking at heavenly, he swore he would never return to Tahoe because from his perspective all ski resorts should be open to mountain biking, and why wouldn’t they?
So to the powers that be, please reconsider the up side to allowing Heavenly the right to offer mountian biking acess via its lift system.
The Planners for the Lake Tahoe Nevada Stateline-to-Stateline Bikeway are asking for public input on a Feasibility Study for the project. Two public meetings will be held in July so that interested community members may review opportunities and constraints for the 30-mile bikeway along the east shore of Lake Tahoe. This bikeway will connect the south Stateline, with the north Stateline, enabling bikers and hikers to navigate between the two zones without the danger on walking or riding on highway 50 or 28.
The South Shore Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 16th from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market St Stateline, NV. The North Shore Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 23rd from 6:00-8:00 PM at The Chateau at Incline Village, 955 Fairway Blvd, Incline Village, NV. If you are looking for any additional information regarding this project or the meetings, contact Alfred Knotts, Tahoe Transportation District: (775)589-5503.
Check out some of the local biking and skating in the beginning of this of this Vid clip, sorry about the sales pitch, but we do have to sell a few things from time to time to pay the bills…Check back for more summer highlights from your friends at Shoreline..Thank-you local skaters, Ben, Eric, John, Brian, Alex, and Tyler, Thank-you Local mountain bikers, Chase and Dylan for stepping to the challenge on some backyard jumps.
Yeah rain is kinda a bummer if you’re into outdoor activities, but you can’t let a few drops get you down. I’ve found that I’ve had some of the best days ever riding in the rain. In Tahoe, the dirt A.k.a dust is pretty brutal and right now the rain has turned our normal dust ridden trails into epic, fast, actual dirt. I know that this is no big deal most everywhere, but here in Tahoe, riding in the rain is really pretty fun.
Couple of things to remember when heading out in some wet weather:
A nice waterproof shell to keep your body regulated, I prefer Gore-Tex as it breathes the best and keeps me dry. If you don’t have a shell that is ready to be deemed dirt worthy, Nikwax offers a few different waterproofing agents for your old fleece or cotton hoodie, as well as for your gloves. Cotton Proof, Polar Proof and Glove Proof (all available at Shoreline of Tahoe) are all helpful in turning your existing dirt gear into foul weather gear.
Depending on the temperature, your normal bike shorts may work, but if it is colder you may want some wicking first layers or waterproof pants. If its really coming down, you may want some neoprene booties to keep your toes dry.
If rain is common in your area, fenders are a great way to keep the tire spray off of your back. Rear racks also work for preventing the dreaded mud stripe as well as being able to carry some of your gear for you. Some of the newer style rear racks mount directly to your seat post and allow installation on full-suspension style bikes as well.
Don’t forget your normal necessities; tube, pump, tools, energy bar and water! Plus extra dry clothes and socks for when you get back to your vehicle!!
The Kingsbury Stinger, the Corral Loop, The Flume Trail and Powerline trails are all notoriously sandy loose trails, but right now are offering some of the best riding around! Stop in either Shoreline location for maps and directions to these and many other sweet rides!!
The Shoreline Nevada Beach bike loop is a family friendly adventure. Starting at either Shoreline of Tahoe location, make your way up SR-207 (Kingsbury Grade) to where the trailhead begins at the end of Pineridge Road. Wind your way through the wooded mountain side on a paved path to Kingsbury Middle School. Once there, make your way around to the other side where the trail starts up again. It’s all down hill from here to Nevada Beach. After enjoying some time on the beach, make your way to Campsite 20 where you’ll find a dirt path through the meadow back to either Shoreline location (CA or NV).