It’s a new trail work season so the Disciples of Dirt has reset their volunteer hour counter.
Last year Disciples of Dirt members logged almost 3,200 hours maintaining and improving our local trails and DOD garnered its second award from the U.S. Forest Service for dedication to trail work. They’ve already logged 1,387 hours for 2014.
You don’t have to live in the are to get involved. Check their calendar to find out about the next trail work party.
How do you stay warm and dry on your bike all winter long? The #KeepRiding concept aims to answer that riddle though videos, rider profiles, tips and photo shoots in partnership with Nutcase Helmets and Filmed by Bike.
We’ve been running a series of articles here and our video series will launch shortly. We also took some great photos along the way.
She’s a yoga instructor, rock climber, attorney, racer, daily bike commuter and a huge Blazers fan. Lindasy says that when she’s riding to work, it’s all about efficient clothing and she can always change at work. But when it’s going out time, you’re likely to see her sporting more casual attire. And when she heads to a game, she’s always got her Blazers jacket on. The material is perfect for a light rain and her matching red boots, hat and gloves mean she’s team pride from head to toe.
Tickets for the hotly anticipated 12th Annual Filmed by Bike go on sale today.
This year’s film festival promises 45 films from 14 countries shown over the course of four days.
New for 2014, Filmed by Bike will host Bikes in the Night Sky, presented by Arkel. Live stories will be told on stage at the Clinton St. Theater.
The 12th Annual Filmed by Bike is April 19-22 at the Clinton St. Theater. Be sure to snag your tickets early to ensure you get into all the shows you want to see. With all that variety, we recommend a festival pass, a great deal that gets you into the awards ceremony, storytelling, filmmaker Q+A sessions, all showtimes and offers VIP privileges.
For a glimpse at some of the movies being shown this year, follow Filmed by Bike on Instagram: FilmedByBike.
Did our “2014: The Year of the Fatbike” article pique your interest in these hulking velocipedes? Hesitant to drop a couple grand on one? Fatbikes are definitely a divergence from your typical bicycle and, while some are willing to foray into uncharted territory, the majority of us are not. Fortunately, there are opportunities to see for yourself whether a fatbike might be worth the hype. I recently spent an extended weekend in Bend where I was able to take out a couple of Fatback 190s and hit the local trails. Curious?
Rentals and Knowing Where to Go
Crow’s Feet Commons, Hutch’s Bicycles, the Hub Cyclery and Web Cyclery are among the shops offering fatbike rentals, and each has a somewhat varied stable of bikes and sizes to select from. Rentals range from $25 to $40 per day. For that price you’re getting the bike and likely some great insight into local trails and conditions.
If you are looking to get out on the snow – and you should be – head up toward Mount Bachelor and check out the Sno-Parks along Route 372. You’re going to want to stay clear of the Nordic Ski trails to avoid potential user conflict; the snowmobile and snowshoe trails are narrower and provide a better experience anyway. I spent most of my time at the Wanoga trails, which gave me some fun rolling terrain to play around on and I didn’t have any issues riding alongside snowmobilers.
Know When to Go
You’re going to want to look at the forecast for this one. Keep in mind that you’re riding at the Sno-Parks with elevations around 2,000 feet greater than Bend, so temperatures will be around ten degrees cooler. It is best when the area doesn’t get much above freezing, if at all, throughout the day. The warmer it gets, the more likely you are to run into soft trails.
Additionally, you will want to allow time for snow to pack. If there is a large amount of snow overnight, give it time to be groomed and packed down. If the snow isn’t packed you won’t be making it very far. Best conditions exist when it has snowed in the past few days, but when it isn’t currently coming down, or at least not heavily.
Patience and Flexibility
I know, words that don’t sound all that appealing, but if you’re planning a weekend of fatbiking, this should be your mantra. Say it every time you take a sip of your beer (you’ll be biking in Bend, beer is a must-do). I had a couple days of warmer and wetter than ideal conditions during my weekend in Bend. Fortunately, nearby singletrack at Horse Ridge and the Radlands made for some fun riding where bikes with narrower tires may have struggled. It’s easy to make up for a lost ride in the snow when you are catching air on one of these massive bikes at the BMX course near Radlands.
The Obvious (or Not-So)
You’re going to be riding in cold and potentially inclement weather. Keeping your clothing closer to that of a skier or snowboarder will work out much better than spandex, provided you can keep your pants away from the chain. Layering and having the ability to remove layers will go a long way, as will a warm pair of boots and gloves. Also, snowboarding goggles a major improvement from conventional cycling eyewear. As always, we suggest wool in those layers.
Fine Tuning Your Experience
You won’t be setting any speed records or beating your distance record, so take the time to enjoy the fact that you’re riding a bike in the snow. “Hot chocolate” in a thermos, impromptu snowball fights and the après-fatbike… throw in the great coffee, breweries and restaurants that Bend has to offer and you’ve got a pretty nice weekend ahead of you. Be creative, have fun and get fat!