Gear up properly
Helmets are to mountain bikers what seat belts are to four-wheeler riders. Mountain biking at Lake Tahoe, or anywhere else for that matter, without wearing a helmet is akin to inviting trouble. You need to protect your head from injuries! Other safety gear you should consider are knee and elbow pads and body armor. Gearing up properly mitigates the crash damage.
Protect your eyes
You need to see the trail clearly at all times as well as protect your eyes from flying insects, dust, and rocks. Wearing sunglasses is highly recommended. Opt for a pair that comes with interchangeable lens features.
Research the trail
It’s always a wise idea to research the trail beforehand rather than being surprised around blind corners. Pushing your limits may give you that adrenaline rush but if you are not an experienced mountain biker, look for beginner and intermediate trails to avoid potential mishaps. If you are coming to El Dorado County for mountain biking at Lake Tahoe, check out The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association’s (TAMBA) website or Trailforks.
Ride your bike responsibly
It’ll ensure you avoid accidents, don’t upset other trail users, and help keep trails open for everyone. Control your speed at all times and ride within your limits. Be sure to yield appropriately. Did you know that uphill riders have the right of way? That means if you’re riding downhill, you should slow and pull over to let them pass. Also, give fellow trail users a heads up on your presence. Use a bike bell, say hello, and be nice. Slow down for hikers and always yield to equestrians.
Ride open trails
Respecting trail closures is essential. If you are uncertain about a trail’s status, ask for clarification. Avoid trespassing on private land and obtain authorizations if required. There are some areas in Lake Tahoe where bikers are not permitted as they are protected as federal or state wilderness.
Ensure your bike is in good condition
Don’t ride a poorly maintained bike. The first thing you should do when you rent a bike is to check the brakes and the tires. Look for any loose or broken parts. If you’re riding your own bike, make sure to either take it in for regular maintenance or learn to do it yourself. Mountain biking is always more fun on properly cared-for equipment!
Intrigued to try the sport? Plan a trip to El Dorado County and explore Lake Tahoe mountain biking trails. To ensure your safety and that of fellow travelers follow the latest safety protocols.