The way that kids learn to ride bikes now is different than how most adults learned. Thanks to the introduction of walking bikes, the most well known being Striders, kids of today can learn to ride a bike not too long after they start walking. Our own Roger Rintala has written up an article highlighting the huge benefits and the thought processes behind kids learning to ride with walking bikes rather than training wheels. Rodger, who has had a lifelong relationship with athletics and has been a sports coach for over twenty years, explains some of the basic advantages to walking bikes in his article saying “The entire time the child is on the bike, they are learning to steer, lean, balance, and put their feet to the ground to stop. The rate of development can be amazing and the child is empowered to explore at their own pace. Because they always have immediate access to the ground with their feet, and they naturally learn to control speed, balance and steer, their progression is natural and intuitive.”
Check out Roger’s full article here: Teaching Kids the Love of Bicycles.
We had a chance to get out and do some test rides on this year’s Trek Slash 9.7 and it did not disappoint. If you are the type of rider looking for a no holds barred, all out speed machine then look no farther than the Slash. Trek’s long travel 29’er has 150mm of travel in the rear with a 160mm fork up front, it pedals like a dream but still crushes through the rough stuff. This is largely due to the RE:AKTIV rear shock which is extremely supportive toward the top of the travel but blows off and gains a more supple feel on big hits. We rode the Slash on a classic Downieville lap which was a great match for the bike, when the trail straightened out this bike turned into an absolute rocket. It is a big and long bike, maybe not ideal for slower paced trails or really tight technical climbs. However if you are looking for a bike to get after it on steep chunky shuttles or just an all day backcountry adventure sled then this bike will check all the boxes.
Pros: Long and slack, pedals great, short chainstays keep things playful.
Cons: Stock tires not ideal for loose dirt, suspension needs some small bump adjusting, LT 29’r is a lot of bike for some.
Photo: Quincy Shanks
Summer is officially here and that means bike season is in full swing! The bike shop at the Hub is ready to get you out on the trails on a new bike or we can dial in your current rig and keep you riding. Our 2019 bikes are in, the demo fleet is fully built up ready to rip, and the repair shop is cranking. If you need anything bike related this summer the Tahoe Sports Hub is here to help. Stop by and check things out!
Photo: Quincy Shanks
Throughout the winter we will be dishing out Board Breakdown videos highlighting a few of the many snowboards we carry at the shop. This video focuses on the Jellyfish from Moss Snowstick, for more information and specs on this specific board visit their website.
There is still time to register for the Truckee Running Festival benefiting the Sierra Chapter of Girls On The Run. Registration and bib- pickup will be available at our shop ( Tahoe Sports Hub) Friday June, 3rd. between 4:30 and 7:00!
We will be hosting a free Salomon Shoe and SUUNTO watch demo at the running festival. Stop by and try some shoes!
The running festival features a 5k, 10k, and 1/2 marathon. It is a great event for the whole family so come down to the Riverview Sports Complex on the morning of June 4th. More information is available at http://tahoetrailrunning.com/trail-runs/truckee-running-festival/
Summer is here and it is hot hot hot! There is no better way to cool down than hitting the water on a SUP. If you are new to paddle boarding, looking to join the sport, or looking to upgrade to a faster board, we are offering free paddle board demos at Donner Lake’s West End Beach every Saturday evening starting on July 11th. This is a great way to try our the latest in paddle technology and see what type of board fits your needs best.
We are also offering FREE paddle board yoga on July 18th! The ladies from the Butterfly Effect will be out at West End Beach instructing a free yoga class for all levels. Try the newest fitness craze and come on out for some downward dog! We will have boards to take out if you do not have one!
On August 1st we are hosting a free-fun SUP race with Olympian and Truckee local Daron Rahlves. Come out and see if you can beat the ski racer on the water, there will be prizes for all participants and all ages and levels are invited to join the fun. Daron is a pretty competitive guy so we are stoked to see if one of the local paddle enthusiasts can take him on and win!
Father‘s day is just around the corner and the daunting task of finding the right gift for Dad is upon us again. We have tried to to make it a little easier this year by putting together a list of our top five gifts for every Tahoe dad at every price range.
Arcteryx Ravelin Shirt
Arcteryx Ravelin Shirt: This versatile linen/cotton shirt is already a favorite of many Tahoe dads. It is dressy enough for night out at Truckee’s finest establishments, but is built for active fathers with gusseted seams and a truly breathable construction. Price: $69
Tahoe SUP Tallac
Tahoe SUP Tallac Stand Up Paddle Board: Perhaps the ultimate Father‘s Day present, the Tallac was designed specifically for Lake Tahoe but will tackle any body of water with ease. The Tallac is stable enough to handle dad, a cooler strapped to the back, and maybe even the family dog. A built-in compass on the deck along with a topographic map topsheet will keep Dad moving in the right direction. Price: $2049
Quiksilver Breakwater Rashguard
Quiksilver Breakwater Loose Fit Rashguard: This technical tee combines the functionality of a traditional rashgaurd with the styling of a tee-shirt. The fabric is UPF 50 and will protect dad’s skin while he is out on the water or out on the trail. Price: $47
Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Smartphone Dry Bag
Outdoor Research Sensor Dry Smart Phone Dry Bag: This dry bag is perfect for the techy dad that cannot be separated from his Iphone. The sensor screen dry bag allows dad to use his phone and even plug in his headphones while he is out on the lake or rafting the Truckee river. Price: $29.99
Go Pro Hero 4 Black
GoPro Hero4 Black: You know Dad wants this bad boy, he’s been hinting at it for years. With this gift he can take his amateur videography to the next level. The most advance GoPro model ever will let dad record all of the family adventures at the highest def possible. Price $499