Bikers ready for spring
Cycle shops on Lake Tahoe’s south shore are ready to get residents and visitors rolling.
The end of the snowboard season means it is almost time to get out on the bike trails. Manager of Shoreline Bike Shop Paul Kleist said mountain bikers are getting ready for the season.
“We’ve already sold four or five bikes,” Kleist said. “People are bringing in their bikes to get tuned up. I’ve been out riding already.”
While the outdoor enthusiasm is switching from snowboards to bikes, not all the trails are ready for riding.
“There is still a lot of snow on our trails,” said Mike Coverdale of Tahoe Sports Ltd. “You don’t want to ride it when the trails are really wet or you will tear them up.”
This will be a good season for people looking to get into mountain biking because the technology has improved to the point that higher quality bikes can be purchased at lower prices.
“Technology is always advancing,” Kleist said. “The more technology we get in mountain bikes the better the prices get and the better the quality gets.”
Though higher quality mountain bikes are available to more people, they still require a consistent maintenance because of the wear and tear of riding.
“Bikes are kind of like cars,” said Bummer MacMonagle of Cutting Edge Sports. “They have their own problems and their own symptoms. You should at least have your bike gone over at the beginning of the season. In my case, I ride my bike three or four times a week so I am adjusting my stuff a lot more.”
First-time mountain bikers should consider a number of things when making a purchase. MacMonagle stressed that an individual’s riding style should determine the kind of bike they buy.
“A beginning mountain biker should make sure you are buying the right size and make sure you are buying the kind you want,” MacMonagle said. “They make bicycles for basically every type of bike riding.”
In addition to knowing what kind of bike to buy, experienced mountain bikers stress there are important safety tips people should know before hitting the trails.
“You’ve got have gloves and a helmet,” Kleist said. “I generally go through about a helmet a year from falling and cracking them. You want to carry a little tool kit on your bike because you don’t want to find yourself 10 miles out with (a problem.) I always suggest that people carry water no matter how far you think you are going to go. Common sense is basically all it is.”
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