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Dirt Divas Ride Groups

During our Pine Mountain Sports Dirt Divas MTB Rides we use 5 different ride groups to accommodate women mountain bikers of all skill levels. Our 2018 Monday night ride groups consist of Beginner, Beginner +, Intermediate, Advanced Fast, and Advanced Technical riders.

Beginner (green group):
– Brand new to mountain biking. First timers!
– Averaging 7 miles

Beginner + (yellow group):
– Beginner but not your first time
– Building confidence
– Building stamina
– Averaging 10 miles

Intermediate (blue group):
– Good fitness and stamina
– Rides out of the saddle often
– Rides some technical terrain
– More aggressive than beginner
– Averaging 15 miles

Advanced Fast (red group):
– Strong physical stamina
– Understands body positioning on the bike
– FAST-PACED with fewer breaks
– Averaging 20 miles

Advanced Technical (orange group):
– Strong physical stamina
– Understands body positioning on the bike
– Sessions trail features
– Skilled on technical terrain
– Averaging 8-15 miles

Why Our Central Oregon Ski Shop Bought An Electric Car


In August of 2016, Pine Mountain Sports bought a 100% electric car as our new shop vehicle. It’s not a Tesla. It’s a Nissan Leaf. It goes 80 miles on an overnight charge.

Our shop vehicle doesn’t use gasoline. We charge our new Pinemobile using our solar powered charging station at the store. If one of our staff takes it home, it can be plugged into any 110 outlet for an overnight charge. Our Nissan Leaf has no engine, gas tank, fuel pump, oil filter, alternator, transmission, spark plugs, timing belt, or exhaust. It doesn’t stink or have oil to leave spots in our parking lot.


With snow tires, it takes us skiing at Mt. Bachelor all season long. It’s a great car for the winter and the Nissan Leaf has the option of  heated front and back seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Pine Mountain Sports bought an EV because it eliminates the $2400+ annual expense that the average American spends on gasoline and automobile maintenance. Instead, an electric car in Oregon uses around $12 a month in home electricity. But this is not even the number one reason for Oregonians to own an electric car. We’d like to share a few more of our favorites…

Reason #5:  Oregonians love the outdoors. And yet, our cars create pollution. In Oregon our modes of transportation are the single biggest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions at over 40%. For comparison, Oregon’s industrial factories only account for around 6%. Oregonians have 4.5 million cars. We use them to get to the mountains. They take us camping, and to bicycle races, and to Whole Foods. Automobile pollution is a thing. We know this. It’s time we take the next step to leave no trace.


Reason #4:  Oregon is a special place in that it does not have ANY crude oil or fuel-producing refineries. And yet, Oregon drivers spend $7 Billion dollars a year to buy our gasoline. 90% of that money leaves Oregon. We pay for that fuel to get delivered to Oregon via pipeline, ships, tanker trucks and barges. It’s dirty business that is not always acting in our best interests. When Oregonians decide to start using our local utilities to power our cars, it keeps more of our $7 Billion dollars in Oregon.

Oregon is the third -largest renewable energy producing state in the US. About 70% of our electricity comes from hydro-electric power. (Oregon’s Pacific Power customers can go even further and opt for Blue Sky – a renewable energy program which offsets our carbon footprint with more wind, solar, and turbine-generated electricity and helps brings new renewable energy facilities on-line in the Northwest). This is what makes Oregon such a great place for electric vehicle ownership! In comparison, Kansas relies on much dirtier ways to get their electricity. So, if you live in the Midwest, electric cars are not quite as awesome. If you drive an EV and live in the Northwest, and parts of Alaska and New York – you’re making a much bigger difference…


Reason #3:  Oregon is home to a huge number of green businesses that produce EV chargers and battery management systems. A UC Berkeley study found that every dollar we shift from out of state oil to electric vehicle use, in Oregon, creates up to 16 times more jobs in Oregon.

Our great state of Oregon helped build the West Coast Electric Highway. This is a thing! Oregon has the most robust statewide network of DC fast chargers in the entire nation. Oregon was the first state to install a DC fast charger at a ski resort! Ski Bowl has its very own charging station, and it was installed there by our local government. Thanks Oregon!


Reason #2:  As noted in Reason #3, Oregon is working hard to make it easy for Oregonians to explore their state using their electric cars. Road tripping with our Nissan Leaf is astoundingly affordable.

For a flat $20 a month, we can charge our Nissan Leaf at all of Oregon’s AeroVironment chargers. When we leave Bend, we can drive all over Oregon via these DC fast charge stations – which take about 20-30 minutes to charge our car. We’ve connected these dots to a Cross Crusade race in Hood River, to the Portland airport, and to some fatbike rides on the Oregon Coast. With a monthly AeroVironment membership your cost for unlimited road tripping all over Oregon is only 67 cents a day!


Reason #1:  Yes, driving an electric car may force you to stop more often. Embrace this! You will get out of your car and discover new places… that are not gas stations. An electric car is a hell of a conversation starter – and it will change your life.

Most charging stations are at grocery stores, parks, cafes, and city centers. To us, driving an electric car has a similar vibe to bicycle touring… it involves a more relaxing pace, planning a route, discovering new places, and fielding lots of questions about your mode of transport.

Many electric vehicle owners will tell you that their only regret with buying an electric car is that they didn’t do it sooner. There’s a surprising number of new and used electric vehicles available. We encourage you to look at today’s options and start doing your own cost vs. benefit analysis.

Pine Mountain Sports is proud that Oregon is home to more and more outdoor enthusiasts, clean technologies and state-level environmental leadership. But, as one Oregonian to another, we think it’s time we take a deep breath and start looking at our choice in cars as a way to make Oregon an even greener place to be.



Pine Wins Sustainability Award


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


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
Megan Power, Broker – Coldwell Banker Morris Real Estate
Tokyo Starfish
RecWare NW
Home System Solutions
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 (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


Hendo Does The Train Gap


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

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?

Trek Powerfly E-Bike

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 Central Oregon Trail Alliance (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 as those trails are on USFS and BLM 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. COTA works with the USFS and BLM under what is known as a Volunteer Agreement. COTA’s history of 25 years of building and maintaining trails is what has given Central Oregon the awesome trail system we have today, but all of that hard work was intended for human powered use including mountain bikes. COTA’s Position Statement on E-Mountain Bikes is simply a recognition and support of both the USFS National Policy and the BLM National Policy that ebikes are considered motorized by these agencies and thus are not allowed on trails managed for non-motorized use. COTA will continue to work with both federal land managing agencies on signage and education at all local trail systems where ebikes are not allowed. In addition to No Ebikes and No Pedal Assist stickers (see pic below), COTA will be providing the same info on signs at all trailheads and major entry points into the trails.

4. 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.

5. BLM has the same national policy as the USFS, they consider ebikes to be motorized and therefore are not allowed on any BLM trail managed for non motorized use. This includes areas such as Maston and Horse Ridge, and the new trails out of the Cascade View Trailhead when those are developed.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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 2/11/19. Do you have any additions or corrections to this list? Please let us know by contacting

Long Term Care For Dropper Posts


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.

1-2 jerseys/shirts, shorts & cycling socks
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
Bug spray
Rain gear

Other stuff:
Comfortable shorts/shirts/pants/footwear for during down-time
sleeping bag
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)

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,

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!

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.