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Mountain Biking in Moab

Moab Mountain Biking Road Trip

During the last week of October, a group of us packed up the truck and headed to Moab for five days of mountain biking, Mexican food, and Oregon beer (pro tip: take good beer to Utah). Not many destinations get as much media coverage as Moab so we figured we better head down there and […]

10 Barrel and BendTrails

10 Barrel is The Official Beer of BendTrails!

Two things everyone loves about Bend, Oregon are the great mountain biking and the great beer — and now that combination is getting even better! On May 1st, 10 Barrel Brewing Co became the title sponsor and “Official Beer” of BendTrails. This new partnership opens up some great opportunities for both brands to connect with […]

Fatbike Freeride Rally

Mt. Bachelor Fat Bike Freeride Rally

Sponsored by Bend Cyclery, The Mt. Bachelor Fat Bike Freeride Rally was held on April 29th. Riders and racers used the Sunshine Accelerator chair to access a downhill track that had been set up specifically for the event. The trail featured lots of rollers and some huge berms — berms that started out firm and fast […]

Don't Ride Around Snow Patches

Riding Around Snow Patches? Really?

Don’t ride around the snow. Ride or walk where the trail is. Ok, so we all know it’s been a long winter and there has been limited to no riding. Finally, a few of the trails are slowly opening up and there’s some dirt to be found. I can do a two hour ride at […]

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Post-holes, Multi-Use Trails & Etiquette

I’ve seen a few complaints on social media over the past month from fat bikers about their favorite snow route being “post-holed” by hikers/runners. This is something I want to talk about today. Post-Holing occurs when a hiker/runner/animal travels on an otherwise smooth, packed-down snow trail. Each footprint leaves a hole in the snow. These holes make […]

Bend Fatbike Trails

Gary’s Top Fat Bike Routes

One of the nice things about fatbiking in the winter is the trails are NEVER the same day to day and often hour to hour. Check the weather before you go out. Be prepared, and carry extra warm clothes. Make sure you always yield to snowshoers and skiers! If you’re new to the sport, check […]

Riding in Snow

Tips for Riding in Snow

It’s been a dry few weeks in Bend, but there is moisture beginning to fall again. With snow comes snow biking! Fat bikes, skinny bikes and cross bikes all work fine. Please make note that for riding like this you need firm ground. Previously frozen or previously dry. If there has been mud on the […]

Rockfall Trail at Mt. Bachelor

The New Rockfall DH Trail

Mt. Bachelor Bike Park’s newest trail is also its most technically advanced… If you’re like me, you’ve been staring longingly at Rockfall since Mt. Bachelor first put in pin-flags marking the route two years ago. Then, this year, you started hooting and hollering at the trail crew while they were working on it (“Looking good! […]

Elk Pond Cascade Lakes

Respecting the Middle Flagline Trail Closure

Flagline Trail Closure and Elk Calving Grounds Authors: Brock McCormick, Wildlife Biologist, US Forest Service; Nicole Strong, Assistant Professor, Forestry and Natural Resources Extension, Oregon State University Around this time every year, snowpack melts to such an extent that we finally gain access to our highly anticipated alpine trails. It might be tempting to try […]

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Size Matters

As most of you may know I’ve been around mountain biking from the beginning. At first we all had 26″ wheels until about 10 years ago when 29er wheels became really popular. It takes time for riders to change… Today, most of the pro XC racers use bikes with 29 inch wheels. One of The […]

Meet John. My Hero.

Ever since the short section of the COD Reroute (aka Rockstacker) has been open, almost every time I am working on the trail, an older gentleman comes riding along with what looks to be volleyball elbow pads, smiles, and continues on – unfazed by the challenging terrain. My first encounter with him was when he was heading […]

Sedona Rocky Trail Climb

Now for Something Completely Different

In May I had a chance to meet up with some of my mountain biking friends from Kauai in Sedona and St. George. Having never ridden either spot, and missing my friends, and being over due for a bike trip, I jumped at the chance. Rather than write a travel piece which isn’t really my […]