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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee bike shops, trails, riders, events and festivals.

Tahoe Bike Culture by the Spoke Junkie

Tahoe Bike Culture rocks TAMBAWhen you see the word “culture”, what comes to mind?

Music, art, higher education, the Byzantine Era, a dark gray blob growing in the bottom of a petri dish in science class. read more →

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Slow Rollers Bike Ride for Christmas Cheer

Join the Slow Rollers to celebrate our cycling community and Christmas Cheer.  Gather at South Shore Bikes at noon, ride starts at 12:30 and heads to the American Legion on Highway 50. If you can’t do the bike ride, go the American Legion for the party – music, food and fun.

Bring an unwrapped toy to donate for the kids!

Spruce up your bike, put on your costume and ride with Slow Rollers.

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Tahoe Games Bike Night

Gary Bell High RollerThis is so much fun for little kids, beach cruisers and racers.  Celebrate Tahoe bike culture at the Annual Tahoe Games Bike Night Series at Lake Tahoe Golf Course. read more →

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The Gunn Chronicles by South Shore Writer

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He just finished his 3-year bike tour around the world raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation.

Meet Rick Gunn, South Shore journalist and photographer.

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Bijou Bike Park in South Lake Tahoe

What promotes individual achievement, builds character and social skills, increases self esteem, self discipline and determination, and is great exercise and fun for the whole family?

BMX riding!  Now there’s a track in South Lake Tahoe where you can ride and practice – at the Bijou Community Park. It’s part of Tahoe bike culture.

 

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Kirkwood Bikes and Brews

Head to Kirkwood for a day of mountain biking madness for all abilities and ages. It’s the preeminent Tahoe mountain bike festival crafted only by Tahoe locals who love to ride.  The Kirkwood Bike and Brews festival takes place in July.

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Tahoe Community Bred at Local Bike Shop

Gary Bell early mountain bikes of Lake Tahoe Feel real Lake Tahoe community and pride at this fun & funky shop that has been catering to locals and visitors for 37 years. Sierra Ski and Cycle Works has been owned by South Lake Tahoe mountain bike pioneer, Gary Bell, since 1980.

“I want to help people understand the roots of Tahoe mountain biking, and how it has evolved over the past three decades,” says Bell.

As the unofficial official Tahoe bike and ski museum, you’ll find all sorts of locals sharing trail tales, buying and renting bikes from this local business bred in the mountains.

Keep Tahoe Pride.

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Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival

Gary Bell early mountain bikes of Lake TahoeThe annual Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival takes place in August in Meyers.

The festival includes the infamous “Triple Crown Ride” covering 30+ miles and a 5,200 elevation gain.  Lots of music, food, drinks and events for all ages.

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Slow Rollers fund Bikes for Children Program

slowrollers.jpgTheir goal is simple:

To ride bikes and have a good time.

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Pro Bike Racer Tasa Herndon

She’s a pro mountain bike downhill racer.

And art framer.

Meet Tasa Herndon.

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Northstar Mountain Bike Park

BikerLake Tahoe has another reason to brag – Northstar Mountain Bike Park.

The park is considered one of the top mountain bike parks on the west coast following Whistler.

Last day is Oct 1.  Go get it!

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Tahoe Bike Challenge

Nothing beats riding a bike around town to hear the spring birds and watch the wild flowers pop.  Here’s another reason to grab another gear.

The Tahoe Bike Challenge takes place every June.

This non-competitive, competitive 🙂 event encourages everyone to park the car, and ride a bike.  Whether you’re headed to work, school, the post office or just riding to have fun, grab your bike to stay healthy, Keep Tahoe Blue, and to win prizes.

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How to Mountain Bike and Rules of the Trail

Sierra Ski and Cycle Works Monument PeakRide It. Don’t Slide. Use both brakes.  Go over snow, not around it.

Yield to Hikers and Horses, and uphill riders, and learn how to use both brakes.  And, if you leave a skid, please stop and fix it.

Contact the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) for their Rider Education Program and to help work on trails. Respect. read more →

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Off the Beaten Path Adventure Cycling Film by Fast Track Productions

First Track Production Off the Beaten Path First Track Productions, South Lake Tahoe’s premiere sports and lifestyle video production firm, has just released “Off the Beaten Path,” an adventure cycling covering the globe from our home, Lake Tahoe, to Iceland and beyond.

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Biking for a Better World

There’s no stopping them. Squaw Valley residents Jake Spero and Duncan Sisson of Biking for a Better World will take 50 bicycles to outfit each of the young students and provide on-site lessons on safety and maintenance in La Bonansa in November 2012. This latest program is a continuation of the 2007 tour, Alaska to Argentina, when the founders of Biking for a Better World pedaled more than 15,000 miles across two continents to fund the building of the school in La Bonansa, Nicaragua. The school was built and functioning by November 2007, giving the riders the unique opportunity to meet the students and teachers at the school.

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Bike to Support Music: Tahoe Sierra Century

Bike to Support MusicIt’s a classic fall event and blends two of our favorites for a great local cause.

Bikes and Music.

The September Tahoe Sierra Century is a fundraiser for cyclists to support the music programs at North Tahoe Middle and High Schools.

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Truckee Pump Track is Open

Hats off to the Truckee bike crew. They’ve been hard at work creating magic with dirt for the Truckee Pump Track located at Riverview Sports Park in Truckee – of course!

In less than a year, Truckee agencies, local residents and businesses, and IMBA have built a pump track like none other.

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Truckee Trail Updates 24/7

truckee-trails-foundationThis is so cool.

The Truckee Trails Foundation website provides updates on the mountain bike trail, roads and bikeway conditions in North Shore and Truckee.

Each trail update includes an open status, trail type, difficulty, directions to the trail head, and a description of the trail – written by a local who knows the trail.

And, there’s even a Google Map for each dirt trail so you can pinpoint your ride. Sweet!

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Soulcycler Rick Gunn: Pedaling Love and Compassion

Rick Gunn PhotographyOn July 1, 2005, he started his journey from the Golden Gate Bridge. Thirty-three countries, 25,811 miles and 34 months later, he returned to South Lake Tahoe.

Rick Gunn, photographer, writer and adventurer from South Lake Tahoe, is on a mission to spread more love, compassion and understanding about our world through his captivating Soulcycler presentations.

“Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” “Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Inspired by a series of formative experiences during his childhood, Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet.

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Soulcycler Rick Gunn on the Road Again

rick-gunn-2009-soul-journeyAfter three years, 33 countries and 25,811 miles around the globe by bicycle, he’s back on the road again.

Rick Gunn, photojournalist and bicycle adventurer, aka Soulcycler, is headed down another path of travel and self-discovery, this time starting in Scotland.

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Ride the Wild Sierra

South Lake Tahoe’s road bicycling club, Alta Alpina, has put together four different epic bike rides on 1 day so cyclists can challenge themselves at their own pace.

Build Your Own Challenge, Kid Carson Challenge, Wild Sierra Century and the 8 Pass Challenge “The World’s Toughest Double Century”.

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The Allure of Ebbetts Pass

It’s easy to see why Hwy 4 is a National Scenic Byway.

Without a doubt, it’s one of the most scenic drives across the Sierra Nevada located about 30 miles from South Lake Tahoe. And it’s ideal for back country skiing, hiking and road biking.

The pass is open.

 

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