The Pine Mtn. Blog


Pine Wins Sustainability Award

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Pine Mountain Sports is excited to win the 2016 Sustainability Award for Best Large Business from The Environmental Center!

Nominees were scored on leadership, innovation, and operating practices with regards to sustainability, as well as their community involvement and promotion of social equity.

Pine Mountain Sports is proud to be one of many businesses in Bend that is leading by example, and we share this award with our customers who support us (and our many causes) and help make moments like this happen. Thank you!

Let’s all vow to work even harder to treat each other, and our valuable planet with the respect that our neighbors and children all deserve.


Community Ambassadors For CASA

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This is important.

At Pine Mountain Sports we recognize that our community is growing. As our population increases, the needs and demands on our social services here in Central Oregon are also increasing. We believe that it’s our responsibility to embrace those who are working their assess off to serve our neighbors and kids with real needs – and we are asking for your help.

Starting this year, Pine Mountain Sports is working to establish a team of Community Ambassadors. These Community Ambassadors have each pledged to give $500 to a very deserving, and underfunded, non-profit organization of our choice.

This year we are focusing these efforts on CASA of Central Oregon. These Court Appointed Special Advocates are in high demand and they are working tirelessly to serve and represent the 500+ and growing number of foster children right here in our community.

We want you to join us in becoming a Community Ambassador. By pledging $500 directly to CASA, you would join the ranks of these local businesses and concerned citizens who are working to make a big, big difference…

Parrilla Grill
Hydro Flask
Spork
Megan Power, Broker – Coldwell Banker Morris Real Estate
Tokyo Starfish
RecWare NW
Home System Solutions
Cairn
10 Barrel Brewing
Fearless Baking
Rugged Thread Outerwear Repair
The Skjersaa Group at Duke Warner Realty
GreenLoop IT Solutions
Alpenglow Vacation Rentals
Bend Dental Group
Cascadia Family Therapy
Subaru Of Bend
Roundabout Books
Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
Eclipse Marketing
Skyline Dental
Silverado Jewelry Gallery

…and the list is growing! This is not just for businesses. We also have commitments from numerous private families and individuals who have committed to being a Community Ambassador! Let’s add your name here. With your help we can provide stability and a brighter future for these young lives in Central Oregon.

Are you with us? We know that this is a big ask, but your $500 donation will make a massive difference in the lives of some often overlooked children within our local community.

Please feel free to email us back at CASA@PineMountainSports.com (this email comes straight to me) with any questions your may have for me and/or your commitment to this great cause. We will be recognizing all our Community Ambassadors at this years Powderhound Preview on Wed Nov 16.

Get some! Give some.

Dan McGarigle, Owner
Pine Mountain Sports

UPDATE: As of Nov 16, 2016 – our 2016 Community Ambassadors have donated $22,736.00 to CASA of Central Oregon! THANK YOU! ~Dan

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Hendo Does The Train Gap

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Take a real, good look at this photo…

At Pine Mountain Sports we’re proud of our staff. We ask a lot of them, and in return, they work hard – for all of us. And they constantly surprise us with their talent. And mucho cajones! This is a photograph of one of our bike and ski techs, Henry Lanman (a.k.a. Hendo – or the other Henry), doing a fine job of styling the massive Kenny Smith Train Gap (near Whistler) in Canada.

The other Easter Egg? The photographer was none other than Trevor Lyden, who also works in our service department! Trevor’s been snapping exceptional photos for years, and did this jump proud by capturing the scale of the Train Gap. You can view more of Trevor’s images on Instagram or at TrevorLydenPhotography.com.

The next time you’re in the store, make sure to give Hendo and Trevor a high-five and ask them about the Train Gap jump!


Where Can You (Not) Ride E-Bikes?

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Well, it’s finally happened…

We’ve spotted e-mountain-bikes at the top of Whoops Trail. One of our staff members encountered 3 riders, all on e-bikes, riding up the road to Whoops. There was a mostly friendly conversation about where they could and could not ride – with a lot of good questions generated on both sides of the discussion.

As a Santa Cruz and Trek dealer, Pine Mountain Sports has special ordered Trek e-bikes for our customers, but we do not support e-bikes like the Trek Powerfly on the single track trails because (first, and foremost) they are not legal on most of our local trails. Plain and simple. We are fortunate to have access to amazing trails in our area and none of us wants to jeopardize that access.

This is not a post about whether you or I support pedal-assist e-bikes on the trails. This is a post about exactly where pedal-support e-bikes are currently legally allowed to ride.

Now that e-bikes have started appearing on our trails (and in the Trek catalog!?), Pine Mountain Sports wants to make sure that our staff and our Trail Ambassadors are doing a good and accurate job of educating visiting e-bike users on exactly where they can and cannot ride these bikes in Central Oregon.

With that in mind, we’ve contacted COTA, USFS and BLM and compiled a few facts (as far as we know)…

1. A pedal-assist e-bike is, by Federal Law definition, a motorized vehicle (when on dirt trails). It is not, by State Law definition, a bicycle (when it is not on a roadway). This is important to keep in mind and answers a lot of questions for us. Yes, you will find that the Department of Transportation defines e-bikes as bicycles, but this is specific to roadway situations. For example an e-bike is by definition a bicycle when it comes to insurance (it’s not required), freeways (no matter how fast one goes, they’re not allowed), and paved bike paths (in most cases e-bikes are allowed). There are lots of legal places to ride e-bikes. Just not on the non-motorized singletrack trails maintained by COTA or other trail adopting groups. These are dirt trails where you can’t drive a car, and so Department of Transportation rules do not apply. COTA does not advocate for ebikes as that is outside of their mission statement of advocating for human powered trails. Regardless, motorized vehicles, including e-bikes, are not allowed on trails maintained by COTA – ultimately, because they on US Forest Service lands. Note: If you’d like to read up, here’s a link to an excellent Legal Guide for E-Bike Riders.

2. Most all of our local trails are on Forest Service land. The Forest Service has an e-bike ban on all USFS trails where motorized use is not allowed. So dirt roads, specific-ATV tracks and motorbike trails are OK but that’s it. If you can’t legally ride a motorcycle on it, or legally drive your car on it, you can’t ride your e-bike there. So (for example) our 3 e-bikers we talked to were still on the road to the top of Whoops Trail, so at the moment they were legally riding their e-bikes there. Just so long as they don’t enter any of the single track trails. USFS dirt roads are legal. USFS single track (most trails in Bend) are not legal. There are no exceptions to this rule. For example: E-bikes are not considered an assistive device that meets the legal definition of a wheelchair or mobility device, therefore they do not qualify for an exception.

3. The singletrack trails in the Skyline Forest – which includes the Bull Springs Tree Farm and the MTB trails that the Chainbreaker MTB Race happens on each year – are CLOSED to motorcycles. That said, the current land managers at Whitefish Cascade Forest Resource do allow e-bikes on those trails. This is an example of a land owner making an exception just for e-bikes. (Thank you, Chris Johnson!) Skyline Forest does have a seasonal winter range closure to “motorized” vehicles, (as well as a year-round ban on camping and campfires) and offenders would get a pretty hefty ticket if caught. Singletrack in Skyline Forest is legal on e-bikes most of the year.

4. On BLM land, like Horse Ridge, it appears that BLM staffers are staying with the simple no motorized vehicles on single track rule. E-bikes are not legal at Horse Ridge.

5. In Oregon State Parks, like Tumalo State Park and Smith Rock, e-bikes are considered motorized vehicles and are not allowed on most narrow hiking/walking trails. They are welcome to be ridden in the parks so long as they stay on the roads, just like cars. In some cases e-bikes are now permitted on open trails that are wider than 8ft. This may vary from State Park to State Park and from trail to trail. Please defer to and respect any park signage. E-bikes are not legal on walking/hiking trails (narrower than 8 feet wide) in Oregon State Parks.

6. E-bikes are permitted on most trails where motorcycles are allowed. Not necessarily welcomed, but certainly allowed. So, we might recommend that e-bikers head out to the vast Millican OHV system. The riding at the south end in the forest is really good, although many of these trails are closed in winter, so do respect seasonal trail closures. E-bikes are subject to OHV trail rules, so an ATV permit/sticker is required. Please recognize that you are an unexpected guest on OHV trails and use caution, as fast-moving motorized riders may not be expecting to see you there. Move to the side, smile, and wave. It’s like riding your fatbike on the groomed snowmobile trails. Riding e-bikes on OHV trails and groomed snowmobile trails is legal.

7. Seasonal fatbike-specific trails have been groomed at Wanoga when the snow level permits. While a snowmobile is used (with permission from the USFS) to create and groom these trails, these are fatbike-only trails and e-bikes (including e-fatbikes) are not permitted.

8. It’s important to note that in a lot of places in the country e-bikes on trails are legal. Riders who bring those bikes to Bend may not be aware of the local rules so we should all stay in front of this issue and know (and share) the facts. Many e-bikers are new riders and you’ll be a good samaritan by welcoming them to the sport while also politely and accurately letting them know exactly where they can and cannot ride their new bike. No matter where you stand on the idea of e-bikes, let’s all make sure that we can politely share the rules of the specific trails we’re on. 

Fact: E-bikes are gaining popularity so it’s important that we accurately educate riders on where to ride, and not ride them.

This post is a work in progress. Last updated 11/7/18. Do you have any additions or corrections to this list? Please let us know by contacting Henry@PineMountainSports.com


Long Term Care For Dropper Posts

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Most every mountain bike we sell comes with a dropper post these days. On a long descent it’s such a treat to be able to lower your saddle completely out of the way – without having to stop to do it. Wanna hit that drop? Lower your saddle before you do it. Stopping for a detour at the pump track on the way to your favorite XC trail? Lower your saddle before you do it. With a simple remote-lever on the handlebar and internal cable routing, the modern dropper post blends into a new mountain bike so well, that there’s very few excuses for not having a dropper post.

That said, even the modern miracle of the hydraulic dropper post still can have reliability issues. A dropper post is pretty complex and needs maintenance with fluid changes, overhauls, and seals – much like our suspension fork and rear shock. And, it’s important to recognize, that a dropper post needs to be treated differently than a regular seat post. Here’s a few tips on making your dropper post be reliable in the long run…

• Don’t over tighten your seat clamp. Most frame manufacturers seat clamp torque specs are too tight for a dropper and may cause your dropper post to bind. Tip: Using a fiber grip/carbon paste on your dropper post and the inside of the seat tube will let you lesson the amount of torque needed on the binder bolt and help keep the post from slipping. Even when using a dropper post in an aluminum frame we still use this paste.

• Don’t lift your bike by the saddle when the dropper post is compressed. Pulling up on it is no bueno!

• Do not store your dropper post with it lowered in the compressed position.

• Dropping the post completely when doing drops is wise, so that if you land hard on the seat, you wont damage the oil cartridge.

• Service your dropper post regularly as your would your fork and rear shock.

In some cases you’ll find that you might need to change the way you’re used to picking up or hanging your bike. But if you follow these suggestions you should be able to extend the life of your dropper post and make it a lower-maintenance addition to your new mountain bike.


Jane Quinn’s 24-Hour Race Checklist

Jane Quinn during a recent post-race folding chair celebration!

What’s on Jane Quinn’s Oregon 24 Check List?

Planning on doing your first 24-hour race this year? Our own Jane Quinn has been racing the Solo category at several 24-hour mountain bike races in the Northwest. Here’s her suggestions for things to bring along to make your 24-hour race a good one…

My Packing Mantra: Weather-wise, be prepared for anything!

Bike Stuff:
Bring your bike!
Don’t forget your shoes (and spare cleats just in case)
Water bottles & spray bottle
Chain lubricant
Spare tube & tires
Bike tools (multi-tool, pump or CO2, tire levers, chain tool)
Bike stand (if you have one)
A few rags
Shower system if you want to shower
Solo riders may want to bring 2 bikes/shock /seat post.

Gear:
1-2 jerseys/shirts, shorts & cycling socks
Helmet
Jacket(s) and/or vest depending on weather and what you own
Arm warmers, knee/leg warmers
Toe covers or shoe covers
Little Hotties hand and toe warmers
Eyewear for eye protection with different lenses: sunny/dark lens, dusk/orange lens,night/clear lens
Gloves (1-2) pairs
Light systems, spare batteries that can be charging while you are riding
Sunscreen
Bug spray
Rain gear
Soap/wipes

Other stuff:
Comfortable shorts/shirts/pants/footwear for during down-time
sleeping bag
pillow
beach towel
ground mats
lawn chairs
toilet paper
garbage bags
lanterns and/or headlamps
duct tape
tape to label your battery packs or anything else you don’t want to lose!
power strip
basic first aid kit (with ibuprofen or preferred pain killer)

Food:
Bring whatever you need to stay alive for 24 hours. Most 24-hour events have at least one food vendor. But be aware of how you process food when you are in race mode because these kind of foods can have adverse affects if they are on the acidic side. More simple foods (PBJs, bananas, chocolate milk, rice pudding, potato chips) tend to go down easier and not upset the stomach. Bring energy gels, bars, bananas, bagels – stuff that is easily digestible, fluids.

Hope this helps!

Have a great race,
Jane


Celebrating Our Sweet Sixteenth

16 years ago today, Pine Mountain Sports opened our doors. Our very first customer? Our good friend Paul “The Hammer” Hammerquist came by and bought a Clif Bar! Here’s a photo of Dan and Paul with the dollar that changed hands that morning. Paul had written a note on it that reads “Good luck! 4/15/00”.

Thank you Paul, and thank you ALL for such a Sweet Sixteenth!

Sincerely,
Our Team @ Pine Mtn. Sports


Ski Movie Nights! 3 Fundraisers For COAA

DEEPER – Wed Dec 9 @ Pine Mountain Sports – Doors 7P / Start 7:30 – $10

FURTHER – Wed Jan 13 @ Crow’s Feet Commons – Doors 7P / Start 7:30 – $10

HIGHER – Wed Feb 10 @ Pine Mountain Sports – Doors 7P / Start 7:30 – $10

Crow’s Feet Commons and Pine Mountain Sports are working to help our friends at Central Oregon Avalanche Association raise friends and funds to support their new weather station to aid in avalanche forecasting and reporting in Central Oregon.

Crow’s Feet Commons and Pine Mountain Sports are hosting three ski movie nights this winter and showing the Jeremy Jones (of Jones Split & Snowboard fame) Trilogy of Deeper, Further & Higher.

Join us after hours, starting on Wed Dec 9, while we watch DEEPER at Pine Mountain Sports. Then on Wed Jan 13 we’ll all be at Crow’s Feet Commons for a screening of FURTHER. And finally, we’ll be screening HIGHER at Pine Mountain Sports on Wed Feb 10. Tickets to each screening are $10 each and on sale now at Pine Mountain Sports.

A HUGE thank you to our friends Teton Gravity Research for their very generous donation of allowing us to screen all three of their films in the Jones trilogy! 100% of the funds taken for $10 movie tickets on all three of these nights will go to Central Oregon Avalanche Association!

COAA was established as a result of an identified need to promote increased avalanche awareness and bolster local forecasting opportunities in the Central Oregon vicinity. 

Q’s? Call Crow’s Feet Commons at 541-728-0066. Or Pine Mountain Sports at 541-385-8080.


November Suspension Labor Special…

Before you put your bike to bed for the most of the winter, let’s make sure that your suspension is happy. If your compression settings aren’t working your fork or rear shock may be due for a damper overhaul.

Whether your fork or rear shock needs new seals and/or an annual oil change – we’ve got you covered this month. For all of November 2015 we’re offering our suspension and damper overhaul services @ 20% off suspension parts and 50% off all suspension labor. Winter is the right time so take care of your bike while taking advantage of our best pricing of the season! Applies to all forks and/or rear shocks. All November long.

Got questions about what your bike might need? Bring it in, or give us a call and speak to one of our tech’s. As always, all of our shop labor is guaranteed.


Raise A Pint Fundraiser For COAA

Raise A Pint Fundraiser For COAA

Wed Oct 28 @ Pine Mountain Sports  —  Doors 7P / Start 7:30

Pine Mountain Sports and Crow’s Feet Commons are working to help our friends at Central Oregon Avalanche Association raise $2000 towards a new weather station to aid in avalanche forecasting and reporting in Central Oregon.

Join us after hours at Pine Mountain Sports on Wed Oct 28 for our Raise A Pint Fundraiser For COAA. During the event we’ll be offering a limited edition COAA Stainless Steel Pint Glasses made by Hydro Flask. Come to the event, pay $20 for your very own COAA Pint Glass, and fill it with a beverage from Deschutes Brewery!

This will be an informational night with a short presentation by Central Oregon Avalanche Association. COAA was established as a result of an identified need to promote increased avalanche awareness and bolster local forecasting opportunities in the Central Oregon vicinity. This will be your chance to learn more about COAA, how you can help, and ask questions about their plans to help give backcountry explorers more tools to make good choices during the winter.

A HUGE thank you to our friends at Hydro Flask for their very generous donation of all of the pine glasses and engraving services to make this event possible! 100% of the funds taken for $20 pints this night will go to Central Oregon Avalanche Association! And the COAA pint glass is yours to take home.

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