Shoreline of Tahoe Mountain Biking Adventures
Shoreline of Tahoe will deliver mountain bikes to the upper Kingsbury area so you can ride down to the Heavenly Village on the Van Sickle Downhill Connector Trail or take the easier way down to Shoreline of Tahoe’s Kingsbury location. Just give us a call 775-588-8777 or have the
concierge make you a reservation. We will deliver a full suspension mountain bike along with a helmet, trail map, lock, and a saddle bag with tools and a spare tube for $60. We suggest that you don’t ride the trail alone. We will deliver 2 or more bikes for $50 a bike. There is a BlueGo bus stop located next to either Shoreline of Tahoe location. Return the bikes to either Shoreline, then for $2 take the BlueGo bus back to the Ridge Tahoe.
About the Trails
The trails are clearly marked once you get to the trailhead. You can either start by going up the Stagecoach ski run where you will find the trailhead on your right just past a Heavenly service road or start from the upper tennis court’s uphill left corner where you will see a beginning of a trail that will lead you to the trailhead. Which ever way you go, both trails start with a climb of about a mile, then the rest of the ride is overwhelmingly downhill. Allow about 2 or 3 hours for this adventure. Great mountain and lake views so bring your camera.
Mountain Biking Tips for Beginners
1) If you’ve never been mountain biking before, you may be surprised at how much time you spend walking instead of riding. You’ll walk your bike up steep grades, down steep grades, and in level places where the terrain is too rugged. Mountain bikers frequently have to deal with rocks, boulders, tree roots, sand traps, holes in the ground, stream crossings, eroded trails, and so on. Often the best way to deal with these obstacles is to walk and push your bike. Use this technique to your advantage. If something looks scary, dismount and walk. If you are unsure of your ability to stay in control while heading downhill, or your capacity to keep your balance on a rough surface, dismount and walk. It will save you plenty of
2) Learn to shift gears before you need to. This takes some practice, but you’ll soon find that it’s easier to shift before you’re halfway up the hill and the pedals and chain are under pressure. When you see a hill coming up ahead,
3) Play around with the height of your seat. When the seat is properly adjusted, you will have a slight bend in your knee while your leg is fully extended on the lower of the two pedals.
4) Take it easy on the handlebar grips. Many beginners squeeze the daylights out of their handlebars, which leads to hand, arm, shoulder, and upper back
discomfort. Grip the handlebars loosely and keep a little bend in your elbows.
5) Learn to read the trail ahead of you, especially on downhills. Keep your eyes open for rocks or ruts which can take you by surprise and upset your balance.
6) Go slow. As long as you never exceed the speed at which you feel comfortable and in control, you’ll be fine. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take a few chances, but it’s unwise to take chances until you are ready.