Wheel Tales Bike Tours

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  1. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    My buddy here in Redlands, Mark Friis, runs a small bike tour company https://www.wheeltales.com/
    The tours are really great, and he goes out of his way to provide a great experience while keeping the costs down. He has three tours coming up this fall, and all look fantastic! But the Sedona one in particular looks like it would be perfect for a quick getaway before Thanksgiving: https://www.wheeltales.com/sedona-mtb-weekend

    I'm toying around with the idea of going, but also wanted to throw it out to all y'all. Whether you are interested in the Sedona one, the other fall trips, or future trips, read up on his trips and style and see if they look good to you!

    No affiliation with the company, but I know Mark and want to help him any way I can!
     
  2. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    trek ex 7
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    Awesome! Way to shout it out for him. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon & Highball C
    Looks like fun...

    @scan - It says November 17-20.
     
  5. HBkites

    HBkites Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Name:
    Sharone
    Current Bike:
    Why Cycles S7
    I’m trying not to over think this, but if no transportation or guiding is included, how is this different then going on your own.

    I see that they offer two rides a day aren’t those ride with a ride leader?

    I never been on an organized tour. I’m genuinely curious.
     
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  6. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    trek ex 7
    The paragraph that gives the details just has Nov 17
     
  7. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    I thought the same thing. Any more info on that? @Cyclotourist
     
  8. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    The pricing says Accommodations, Breakfast & Dinner are included with those Morning & Afternoon rides. So if you choose the tent for $130, you're getting a "camping spot" and the meals. Not terrible for $130 I guess.

    I've taken organized tours when I've gone somewhere I've never been and while the cost may seem high at first, if you priced out all that you get, it's not too bad and much less stressful with no chance of getting lost. For example, last year I went with Chasing Epic on a 4 day Crested Butte tour. For $1250, we had 3 nights of lodging right in the upper village at a resort where rooms rent for $350 a night, a made to order breakfast of our choosing in the hotel restaurant, supplies to make our own lunch to carry if we chose, dinners in town at a restaurant where we ordered off the menu (every other tour I've done has the guides make the food and hopefully it's something you'll eat), 2 guides + the company owner taking photos on every ride and a current year top of the line rental bike. Those costs separately would have been $525 for lodging, $300+ for the bike for 4 days, $400+ for the guides = $1225 and that doesn't include any of the food, free socks, free pint glass, one time $50 gift card to Worldwide Cyclery and a code for 10% forever....and 10% off on all future trips.
     
  9. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    It's the 17-20th, looks like he had a typo above the paragraph. It's a little hard to explain, and I want to do it justice, but the idea is to get people into new places with minimal stress for them. He takes the hassle of finding a spot, figuring out food, and local trail knowledge. There are tours that do a lot more for you, and you can go camping on your own pretty easily. He tries to get somewhere in the middle. And don't forget if you were in a regional park sort of a campground and not BLM land or dispersed forest camping, you're going to be paying $25 a night on average. I would also say that the ideal clients (is that the right word) would also be pretty outgoing and not mind the communal feel of it. Sorta' like the youth hostel version of travel, in that it's between camping and a hotel, but there are other people in the space. But most are pretty nice Kiwis, so there's that.

    Here's his IG to get a better look at some of the past tours: https://www.instagram.com/dropbarslife/
     
  10. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Gotcha
     
  11. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Thanks for the info, David :thumbsup:
     
  12. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley V3, Ibis Tranny
    We did a similar style tour in the UK last year. The guide handled our bike rentals, lodging and gave us the GPS tracks for three days of riding. We were on our own for the rides and meals. It worked out perfectly. All we had to do was get there on the train and the guide picked us up with our bicycles and took us to the hotel. He gave us a bunch of local intel on where to stop, eat etc. It was nice to not have to worry about the logistics and just enjoy the riding.
     
  13. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    That's pretty much his normal model if you look at the other tours. I think it's a great way to see the world! I think he uses more houses like AirBnB style, but don't quote me on that. The Sedona one is more unique in that it's just based out of a single location rather than changing night to night. His whole idea is to have fun, and do trips that he wants to do! He's out there riding a lot of it with everyone if he's not driving the a van.
     
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  14. HBkites

    HBkites Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Name:
    Sharone
    Current Bike:
    Why Cycles S7
    Let me simplify my question, are the rides predetermined and with a guide or are you on your own?
     
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  15. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Seems to me yes.
     
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  16. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    When you get to a fork in the road, take it. :geek:
     
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  17. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic and Stumpy
    Use it to chow with later.
     
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  18. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    You would need to contact Mark to be sure, but I think they suggest some routes, transport you to/from the trail head, and the rest is up to you.
     
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