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Biz Beat: Shop welcomes switch from skis to bikes

Sara Thompson
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily TribuneGary Bell, owner of Sierra Ski & Cycle Works, fastens pedals to a new mountain bike in his store. He is making the transition from his winter business of ski rentals to his summer business of bike rentals.

As the winter exits and summer begins to approach, some businesses slow down during the shoulder season.

But that’s not the case for Gary Bell, who owns Sierra Ski & Cycle Works at the corner of Johnson and Lake Tahoe boulevards. He said it’s been busy.

“It’s a fun time,” Bell said, “coming out of one season into the next.”

Outdoor sporting shops around the South Shore are making the transitional leap from winter to summer as well. Bell’s store has specialized in mountain adventure equipment for all seasons since 1980.

“As winter is winding down, people are anxious to go straight into bikes,” Bell said.

Bell said he can partake in dual-leisure days right now, where you can ski half the day, then go riding or sailing for the other half.

“There’s not many places you can do that,” Bell said.

Sometimes the area will get hit with a series of spring storms, keeping everyone excited about the winter with fresh snow, but that didn’t happen this winter, creating a fast transition to bikes, he said. The lower-altitude trails are thawing out, but the higher altitudes still are skiable.

The shoulder season also is refreshing because of the change of pace and in clientele, Bell said.

More people are itching to not drive because of the high gas prices, Bell said. Many customers are looking at cruisers and commuters for this year.

The shop is at 3430 Lake Tahoe Blvd. and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all week. For more information, call (530) 541-7505 or visit

With its new 7,300-square-foot location, Carpets Plus now can accommodate its warehouse and showroom in one area.

Owner Doug Bolton said the new store has high ceilings, allowing them to showcase large area rugs. This old location didn’t have enough space to do that.

The store has more products than before as well. Bolton said Carpets Plus is open for business at the new location, and a grand-opening celebration is planned during the summer.

The store is at 2141 James Ave., Suite 10. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (530) 544-2432.

– Have information on your business that you’d like to share? Contact reporter Sara Thompson at (530) 542-8009 or

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