Just wanted to share some photos and my story of riding around Lake Tahoe on my fixed gear yesterday. I have lived in Tahoe for about 10 years and have always wanted to ride around the lake. Every time I bring it up most of my friends make fun of me because they know I really only like riding my fixie. I tried for the longest time to find someone else who had done it. I could always find people who had done it on a single speed but never someone fixed and breakless. So I stopped asking and just went out and did it.
All in all the ride took me 7 hours from the time I left my front door to the time I got home. 6 hours 10 minutes of it was saddle time. I ended up going with a 48/20 gearing and stuck with it the whole ride. I ended up doing 75 miles and climbing a little over 4,371ft.
I had left my house in South Lake about 8am. The first hill climb was nice because of the morning chill but not so much on my first decent into Emerald Bay. Because of the storm that had passed a few days before the roads were still covered in a mixture of cinders, salt and ice patches. It had me a little puckered in the shadowed corners but that was the only section with ice. Once I got to DL Bliss I had my first snack and water break. After that I really found my pace on the rolling hills from Meeks Bay to Tahoe City. In Tahoe City I stopped for a small sandwich and a little lube for my chain as it started making some grinding sounds. Tahoe City to Sand Harbor felt like it went by super fast but it did start to lightly rain. This is also when the fatigue really started to kick in. I took another break at Sand Harbor waiting on the rain. When I decided to leave Sand Harbor the rain eased up and I started climbing my way up to Spooner Summit. This was hands down the hardest and longest part for me. After 50+ miles of riding I knew I had over 7 miles of climbing ahead of me to the summit. Getting to the summit I turned back into the basin and had a long down hill ahead of me. It was nice to have a head wind on the way down because it gave my legs a break from having to apply so much back pressure to stay in control. The last 12 miles past Zephyr Cove really hurt. The road had a few short but steep hills. In Round Hill I opted to take the new bike path. It added a little but It was way too smooth to pass up. This ended up being one of the best rides of my life.
Morning time about to drop into Emerald Bay
My fixed and a road sign
Another of my fixie and one of the last times I wanted to stop for photos.
Parting of the rain clouds at the top of Spooner Summit