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09-05-2017, 08:04 PM
RE: Bicycling!
(06-05-2017 02:32 PM)jennybee Wrote:  I prefer mountain biking (I have a Diamondback), but I also like scenic bike rides along a canal or some other pretty scenic route on occasion. There are lots of trails here where I live in CA and with the warm temps, it's an activity you can really do all year round. Tahoe is my fave!

Where in Tahoe, it's a big place? I lived in Tahoe City for 3&1/2years, been all around the lake. My son is a fishing charter captain on the lake. I'd love to move back there but my wife is so much against it I'll probably never be able to go back.

Where did you bike? The highway around the lake is about 72 miles so it can be a challenge to bike the whole road. But it has some spectacular views including a roadside rest area at the north end that offers a spectacular view of the whole lake.

Tahoe City is a fantastic town to live in. There are four seasons, one hot and the other cold and snowy. in between the two is a time when time seems to almost stop. The only disconcerting thing is The north end of the lake's average snowfall is about 28 feet.

On the other hand Squaw and Olympic valleys are only about 5 of 6 miles away. The population in the winter and summer expands to a whopping 20 to 30 thousand. The lake never freezes, it's too deep, about 1600 feet at it's deepest.
The mean lake level is approximately 6200 feet. The only place it freezes is where the Truckee river empties the lake. In the summer you can see rainbow trout at the "Fanny" bridge (you get the picture).

I remember one spring day I was lounging along the shore just south of Tahoe City when I saw, in amongst the trees and bushes literally thousands of "Lady Bugs" getting ready to migrate to, I assume, the Sacramento Valley; they spend most if not all the winter there. BTW the mean level of the lake is 6200 feet. There is a small dam where the Truckee River exits the lake, that is the only place on the lake that freezes and that not too deep to stop the flow of water out of the lake.

Generally sometime during February the weather turns mild for a couple of weeks. My kids used to go swimming off one of the local docks at that time of the winter season. I can't even stand the water temp. during the hottest days of summer much less in the middle of February but they had a ball even while I was shivering.

If you get the impression I have a love affair with the lake you'd be absolutely correct. Tahoe City is a small town but with most if not all the modern facilities.
Fantastically delightful restaurants, boat docks, art outlets, you name it and itis probably there; even has a large Safeway grocery store. Jake's by the Lake is one of many incredible restaurants. Overall it is (or at least was) one of the last pristine villages in the world. In the spring and fall between tourist seasons it, along with most of the other villages around the shore it is a sleepy little town with only the die-hard year round hearty citizens taking their vacations. It is unworldly quiet, little human movement except the few that take in their breakfast at almost the only Cafe (diner in the east) and the odd tourist who has lost their way or are on their way to the Nevada border where the casinos are located.

Summer days are very hot while the nights, even in summer, are chilly enough that one needs a jacket.

I've gone on enough about the most wonderful place on the planet. I's one of those magical places like the Grand Canyon, the Great Smoky Mountains or the Scablands of Washington State or The Grand Coolie.

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14-05-2017, 02:13 AM
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Hi all thought I'd chime in here. I ride a hardtail 29er when I'm not injured. Confused I'm currently recovering from a rotator cuff injury and haven't been able to ride in 6 months. Pretty depressing so I wouldn't recommend it. I don't live far from several lakes with scenic trails ranging from beginner to expert. My bike is nothing special. I bought it in a rush but it's cool. It's manufactured by BAMF. It's been wrecked many times over but still like new so that says something. Laugh out load I should've stuck with running, basketball, wake-boarding, etc., because I almost never got injured. Nevertheless I found my love in MB'ing and see no end in sight. Heart

Curious if you ride with or without tunes and/or podcast? Nothing like riding and listening to some TTA , TAE, debates, lectures, etc. Depends on the mood. MB + music is the thing though. Not sure your genre of music but for me I do like to switch it up; however most of the time when MB'ing I prefer melodic stuff like 'Explosions In The Sky'. Curious if anyone else finds the melodic music + MB combination their go to as well? Anyway if you've not heard of EITS give it a go and queue up the song 'Your Hand In Mine' the next time you ride. You'll thank me later.
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14-05-2017, 09:26 AM
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(06-05-2017 02:17 PM)true scotsman Wrote:  
(06-05-2017 02:05 PM)Dworkin Wrote:  Hi,

Sounds great. Smile

Just bought a Saris Bones to get me and the mountain bike out on the moors and woods. Mine is a little ali special with no suspension, light as possible.

Thought about an electric MB but there feels something wrong with the whole concept, maybe commuter OK?

D.
You're in England? I've seen a lot of videos of riding in England and it looks so beautiful there. It reminds me a lot of the Shenandoah Valley in my native Virginia. The closest thing we have here to riding on moors is the high country above treeline in the tundra.

Hi TS,

Here is a short youtube of the canyons around here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAb8Djf7YMY

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14-05-2017, 09:39 AM
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(09-05-2017 08:04 PM)Ro3bert Wrote:  
(06-05-2017 02:32 PM)jennybee Wrote:  I prefer mountain biking (I have a Diamondback), but I also like scenic bike rides along a canal or some other pretty scenic route on occasion. There are lots of trails here where I live in CA and with the warm temps, it's an activity you can really do all year round. Tahoe is my fave!

Where in Tahoe, it's a big place? I lived in Tahoe City for 3&1/2years, been all around the lake. My son is a fishing charter captain on the lake. I'd love to move back there but my wife is so much against it I'll probably never be able to go back.

Where did you bike? The highway around the lake is about 72 miles so it can be a challenge to bike the whole road. But it has some spectacular views including a roadside rest area at the north end that offers a spectacular view of the whole lake.

Tahoe City is a fantastic town to live in. There are four seasons, one hot and the other cold and snowy. in between the two is a time when time seems to almost stop. The only disconcerting thing is The north end of the lake's average snowfall is about 28 feet.

On the other hand Squaw and Olympic valleys are only about 5 of 6 miles away. The population in the winter and summer expands to a whopping 20 to 30 thousand. The lake never freezes, it's too deep, about 1600 feet at it's deepest.
The mean lake level is approximately 6200 feet. The only place it freezes is where the Truckee river empties the lake. In the summer you can see rainbow trout at the "Fanny" bridge (you get the picture).

I remember one spring day I was lounging along the shore just south of Tahoe City when I saw, in amongst the trees and bushes literally thousands of "Lady Bugs" getting ready to migrate to, I assume, the Sacramento Valley; they spend most if not all the winter there. BTW the mean level of the lake is 6200 feet. There is a small dam where the Truckee River exits the lake, that is the only place on the lake that freezes and that not too deep to stop the flow of water out of the lake.

Generally sometime during February the weather turns mild for a couple of weeks. My kids used to go swimming off one of the local docks at that time of the winter season. I can't even stand the water temp. during the hottest days of summer much less in the middle of February but they had a ball even while I was shivering.

If you get the impression I have a love affair with the lake you'd be absolutely correct. Tahoe City is a small town but with most if not all the modern facilities.
Fantastically delightful restaurants, boat docks, art outlets, you name it and itis probably there; even has a large Safeway grocery store. Jake's by the Lake is one of many incredible restaurants. Overall it is (or at least was) one of the last pristine villages in the world. In the spring and fall between tourist seasons it, along with most of the other villages around the shore it is a sleepy little town with only the die-hard year round hearty citizens taking their vacations. It is unworldly quiet, little human movement except the few that take in their breakfast at almost the only Cafe (diner in the east) and the odd tourist who has lost their way or are on their way to the Nevada border where the casinos are located.

Summer days are very hot while the nights, even in summer, are chilly enough that one needs a jacket.

I've gone on enough about the most wonderful place on the planet. I's one of those magical places like the Grand Canyon, the Great Smoky Mountains or the Scablands of Washington State or The Grand Coolie.

I would live in the Tahoe area in a heartbeat. I find it very peaceful there. I am careful about not giving specifics about the exact locations I go to in an online open forum-just for safety reasons. I know it might be overkill on my part, but I just feel better not doing it. I had an issue with an online weirdo awhile back and you just never know who could be reading your posts.

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14-05-2017, 06:06 PM
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(14-05-2017 02:13 AM)dirtstar Wrote:  Curious if you ride with or without tunes and/or podcast?

I don't know about mountain biking (I don't do it), but I think this is a bad idea on the road. When you're sharing the road with multi-ton vehicles that can crush you like a bug (some of which are driven by less than fully attentive people), it's important to be aware of what's around you, and you need all your senses (especially sight and hearing) for that. I've been hit by a car once, and had numerous close calls. You have a better chance of avoiding bad stuff if you can hear it coming.
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15-05-2017, 10:45 AM
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I used to ride the crap out of my road bike, but I haven't done it in a long time. My husband's into mountain biking, and our daughter is just getting old enough to do some herself, so hopefully, our family will get to start taking group rides soon. But here in San Antonio, it's pretty dangerous for bikes on the road. People are crazy and the city's not great about bike space, although efforts are in place to make it better. I like a good trail ride, myself. I'm naturally pretty cautious, so honestly I get scared and shaky mountain biking, even though it looks fun. I come from Southern California, and my parents and I used to ride the trail from Ventura to Ojai, have a picnic, and then come back for a nice little family day trip, and I would love to do that here in the off-season.

I have a... Specialized? I think? Yeah, I'm pretty sure I have a Specialized road bike that's quite nice. My husband has a Trek mountain bike and our daughter (5) now has a 20" Trek mountain bike that she's itching to take out. Our son (3) still has the little Strider balance bike. Now that his sister has her own pedal bike, he actually gets to practice with the balance bike himself!

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15-05-2017, 06:33 PM
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(14-05-2017 06:06 PM)Grasshopper Wrote:  
(14-05-2017 02:13 AM)dirtstar Wrote:  Curious if you ride with or without tunes and/or podcast?

I don't know about mountain biking (I don't do it), but I think this is a bad idea on the road. When you're sharing the road with multi-ton vehicles that can crush you like a bug (some of which are driven by less than fully attentive people), it's important to be aware of what's around you, and you need all your senses (especially sight and hearing) for that. I've been hit by a car once, and had numerous close calls. You have a better chance of avoiding bad stuff if you can hear it coming.

Completely agree. I actually don't even recommend riding where vehicles are present but certainly not with headphones.
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16-05-2017, 11:21 PM
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(14-05-2017 02:13 AM)dirtstar Wrote:  Hi all thought I'd chime in here. I ride a hardtail 29er when I'm not injured. Confused I'm currently recovering from a rotator cuff injury and haven't been able to ride in 6 months. Pretty depressing so I wouldn't recommend it. I don't live far from several lakes with scenic trails ranging from beginner to expert. My bike is nothing special. I bought it in a rush but it's cool. It's manufactured by BAMF. It's been wrecked many times over but still like new so that says something. Laugh out load I should've stuck with running, basketball, wake-boarding, etc., because I almost never got injured. Nevertheless I found my love in MB'ing and see no end in sight. Heart

Curious if you ride with or without tunes and/or podcast? Nothing like riding and listening to some TTA , TAE, debates, lectures, etc. Depends on the mood. MB + music is the thing though. Not sure your genre of music but for me I do like to switch it up; however most of the time when MB'ing I prefer melodic stuff like 'Explosions In The Sky'. Curious if anyone else finds the melodic music + MB combination their go to as well? Anyway if you've not heard of EITS give it a go and queue up the song 'Your Hand In Mine' the next time you ride. You'll thank me later.

I never listen to anything when I'm on the road with cars or when riding singletrack (Ipod doesn't likey) but always when riding on lonely dirt roads or smoother doubletrack. I usually listen to audiobooks, but then I usually am listening to an audio book from the time I wake up til I go to sleep. I'm crazy about them. I buy a couple per week, usually science fiction, philosophy and sometimes crime or mystery novels. My favorites are the Dresden Files series, the Iron Druid series, the Eye of the World series and the Walt Longmire novels. I just finished Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. What a great listen! I'm a big fan of John Ringo and David Weber. I'm also a fan of the post apocalyptic genre, my all time favorite being The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. I've listened to it about 6 or 7 times. My favorite narrators are Stefan Rudnicki, Will Patton, Wil Weaton, R.C. Brey, L. J. Ganser and Oliver Wyman.

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16-05-2017, 11:29 PM
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(15-05-2017 10:45 AM)kmc Wrote:  I used to ride the crap out of my road bike, but I haven't done it in a long time. My husband's into mountain biking, and our daughter is just getting old enough to do some herself, so hopefully, our family will get to start taking group rides soon. But here in San Antonio, it's pretty dangerous for bikes on the road. People are crazy and the city's not great about bike space, although efforts are in place to make it better. I like a good trail ride, myself. I'm naturally pretty cautious, so honestly I get scared and shaky mountain biking, even though it looks fun. I come from Southern California, and my parents and I used to ride the trail from Ventura to Ojai, have a picnic, and then come back for a nice little family day trip, and I would love to do that here in the off-season.

I have a... Specialized? I think? Yeah, I'm pretty sure I have a Specialized road bike that's quite nice. My husband has a Trek mountain bike and our daughter (5) now has a 20" Trek mountain bike that she's itching to take out. Our son (3) still has the little Strider balance bike. Now that his sister has her own pedal bike, he actually gets to practice with the balance bike himself!

I've looked at road bikes, and they look really fun, but the problem is I hate riding with cars, especially on our local roads which have no shoulders and are always busy with Potato trucks and farm equipment. Those Potato trucks are a real menace. They'll just pull right out without looking at all. I live way out in farm country and the roads are laid out in a grid pattern, every mile, so I can leave from my house and ride for hundreds of miles without ever repeating a road. And on the vast majority you'll never see a car all day. I usually ride my fat bike since they are mostly dirt and usually sandy. I'm looking at the Specialized AWOL or the Diverge for those days when I don't have time to go to the mountains which are a 20 minute drive one way.

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16-05-2017, 11:48 PM (This post was last modified: 16-05-2017 11:51 PM by true scotsman.)
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(14-05-2017 09:26 AM)Dworkin Wrote:  
(06-05-2017 02:17 PM)true scotsman Wrote:  You're in England? I've seen a lot of videos of riding in England and it looks so beautiful there. It reminds me a lot of the Shenandoah Valley in my native Virginia. The closest thing we have here to riding on moors is the high country above treeline in the tundra.

Hi TS,

Here is a short youtube of the canyons around here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAb8Djf7YMY

D.


That looks awesome. Are people there generally good about sharing the road? They're not here in Colorado. They like to honk at you and throw drinks out the window at you. I'd have a real hard time remembering to ride on the left side of the road I think.

I like the videos by a guy named Patrick Thibaut. He's a Belgian who goes to England on tours and he's so taciturn it's really funny. But I like to watch the countryside roll by in his videos.

And Here's one of my favorite place to ride here in the San Luis Valley. I usually head there a couple times a week after work and on the weekends. It's not just outside of South Fork Though, it's just outside of La Garita which is close to Del Norte.

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