The Pine Mtn. Blog


We (Heart) Trail Ambassadors

Pine Mountain Sports is committed to the Central Oregon outdoor community and is proud of our decade-old Trail Ambassador Program

While most bicycle shops in town sponsor a cycling team, Pine Mountain Sports chooses to empower riders who share our goal of giving back and actively making a difference in our outdoor community.

In place of matching cycling kits and racing bikes, our team of Pine Mountain Sports Trail Ambassadors is supplied with extra tubes, tools, current trail info, 1st aid kits, and trail knowledge that they share with any trail users in need.

Our small army of Trail Ambassadors can be found leading our group MTB rides, spreading Trail Love, teaching riding and maintenance clinics for new riders, and volunteering at trail work events and fundraisers for Central Oregon Trail Alliance and our outdoor community. Yes, some of our ambassadors race as well, but our goal is to assemble an effective team of individuals who are focusing their time (and our resources) on maintaining the trails and other trail users.

Potential ambassadors are largely identified by their peers. They share a commitment to enhancing every trail user’s experience by their long standing commitment to the Central Oregon cycling community, and by their countless hours of volunteer trail work. If you see someone wearing this Trail Ambassador patch, make sure and say hello and give them a high-five.

This is a recent photograph (below) of the pack belonging to Jeff Newman. Jeff is still sporting one of our original Trail Ambassador patches as he’s been doing his part for Central Oregon trail users since the very beginning.

Thanks, Jeff!

The well-used pack and Trail Ambassador patch of Jeff Newman.


Megatower Raffle For CYFC

Pine Mountain Sports is raising money for Cascade Youth & Family Center by raffling off a $10,000 Santa Cruz Megatower mountain bike with Shimano XTR build kit and Reserve carbon wheels! Part of the fundraising efforts of the Pine Mountain Sports Community Ambassador Program, every dollar collected from this raffle will be given directly to CYFC.

What’s radder and badder than giving dollars to Cascade Youth & Family Center? How about giving dollars to Cascade Youth & Family Center AND getting rewarded with a raffle ticket chance to win a $10,000, Megatower built up just for you by Pine Mountain Sports! With 160mm of travel, 29er Reserve wheels, and a full XTR build – this monster Megatower is THE ultimate machine for hitting the gnarliest trails in Oregon. For every $10 raffle ticket you buy, you’ll be entered to win!

Raffle tickets are only $10 each, and can be purchased in person at Pine Mountain Sports. Every dollar goes to Cascade Youth & Family Center!

The winning ticket will be drawn at 8PM at COTA Movie Night @ McMenamins on Thu Oct 17, 2019. The winner receives an XTR Santa Cruz Megatower mountain bike in the size of their choice. Winner need not be present to win, but must take final delivery of their new bike in person at Pine Mountain Sports. No exceptions. Questions? Contact info@pinemountainsports.com


Cycling & Ski Manufacturers Based in Bend…

Ben Farver of Argonaut Cycles…

As a bicycle and ski retailer that’s staffed year-round by around 25 residents of Bend, Oregon we’ve long been proponents of shopping and spending our outdoor recreation dollars locally. We think we’re all aware of the dramatic impact that shopping and spending locally has on our economy and everybody that lives here.

From buying groceries at our local farmers markets and locally-owned grocery stores to giving our local retailers an opportunity to earn our (otherwise) on-line shopping business to moving all of our banking to a local credit union – there are many things we can do to keep our hard earned dollars in Bend.

At Pine Mountain Sports we seek out amazing vendors who provide us with the best bike and ski products from all over the world. And, more and more, we’re incredibly excited at the number of bicycle and ski hard-goods vendors we buy from who are based right here in Bend, Oregon!

When we all buy our new gear from these businesses (and via a local retailer) then we’re greatly magnifying the impact that our cycling and skiing dollars have on our economy.

Here’s a list of cycling and ski companies that we encourage you to consider when making your next purchase. When we support these local manufacturers via our local retailers we are investing in our community on many levels…

Argonaut Cycles

Robert Axle Project

Spurcycle

Abbey Bike Tools

SnoPlanks

Hope Technology USA

Knight Composites

CushCore

Fatback Bikes

Terrain Control Industries

Magic Cycle Werks

Project 321

Know of a Bend based Cycling or Ski manufacturer that we’re missing? Please send your suggestions to Henry@PineMountainSports.com


This Is Our OSO Rear Shock Dyno

This is our OSO rear shock dyno that’s mounted to the wall of the suspension room in our service department. We use this to check that all of the rebound and compression adjustment clickers on your rear shock are functioning properly and giving you the complete and proper range of adjustment. It also helps us cycle your shock, confirm travel and IFP (internal floating piston) clearance, and test for any bleed or parts issues. It’s not an inexpensive tool, and it’s one of the many ways and reasons that we guarantee all of our service.


Let Us Recycle Your Bike Tires!

Bri, Jody & Kyla (one of our summer interns) with worn out tires headed for the recycling center.

 

Bring your old bicycle tires to Pine Mountain Sports and we’ll recycle them for you at no charge!

The service department at Pine Mountain Sports replaces a lot of worn out mountain bike tires on a daily basis. We know that a full service bike shop like ours creates a lot of waste, so we’re always looking at ways to minimize our trash and recycle as many things as possible.

Did you know that most of the Deschutes County disposal and recycling centers will recycle bicycle tires for $1 each? When you get new tires installed on your bike at Pine Mountain Sports we save your worn out treads and we pay to have them recycled for you at the Knott Landfill.

The staff at Pine Mountain Sports is happy to recycle any of your old bicycle tires for you at no charge! It doesn’t matter if you bought your new or old tires from us. Please don’t throw them in the trash! Just rinse and wipe away any sealant that’s still in them and then bring them by the store. Our staff will add them to our tire recycle pile for our next recycling run.

Got tubes? Our friends at REI Bend collect and recycle old inner tubes! You can bring us your tubes and we’ll take them over there for you, or drop them off directly to the bicycle service counter at REI in the Old Mill.

Let’s all do our part to Rethink Waste in Central Oregon!

 


Trek Fuel Raffle For CYFC

Pine Mountain Sports is raising money for Cascade Youth & Family Center by raffling off a 2019 Trek Fuel 9.8 mountain bike with the brand new Shimano XT 1×12 Group! Part of the fundraising efforts of the Pine Mountain Sports Community Ambassador Program, every dollar collected from this raffle will be given directly to CYFC.

What’s radder and badder than donating dollars to Cascade Youth & Family Center? How about donating dollars to Cascade Youth & Family Center AND getting rewarded with a raffle ticket chance to win a $6500, custom Trek EX 9.8 built up just for you by Pine Mountain Sports with the new Shimano XT 1×12 in Volt green. (See the actual bike below and at Pine Mountain Sports!) With 130mm of travel, a carbon frame, and some custom built Bontrager carbon wheels and Shimano hubs this Fuel 29er is THE perfect trail bike for our Central Oregon trails. For every $10 raffle ticket you buy, you’ll be entered to win!

Raffle tickets are only $10 each, and can be purchased in person at Pine Mountain Sports. Every dollar goes to Cascade Youth & Family Center!

The winning ticket will be drawn at 10AM at Pine Mountain Sports on Thu Aug 1, 2019. The winner receives a 2019 Trek Fuel 9.8 carbon 29er mountain bike in the size of their choice. The bike is custom built by Pine Mountain Sports with the new Shimano XT 1×12 group. Winner need not be present to win, but must take final delivery of their new bike in person at Pine Mountain Sports. No exceptions. Questions? Contact info@pinemountainsports.com


Shipping Your Bike via BikeFlights.com

Shipping your bike someplace? Pine Mountain Sports highly recommends using BikeFlights.com

In addition to being the least expensive shipping option for almost any bicycle and destination, BikeFlights lets you enter your own shipping details, and even allows you to schedule a round trip ticket for your bike (choosing both the delivery/pickup dates at once).

If you need Pine Mountain Sports to box your bike for shipping, we usually charge $65 for packing. This includes packing materials and a box, but does not include shipping costs. For that, we will work with you so that you can easily arrange your shipment via BikeFlights.com

Here are a few steps to follow to ensure that our bike shipping process is as seamless as possible.

  1. Drop your bike off to our service department for boxing and shipping. You will receive a notification via email from the Pine Mountain Service Department when your bike is completely packed and ready for shipment. We’ll provide you with the bike box dimensions and the final weight.

  2. Once you have received that information you will be able to go to bikeflights.com to setup your account and arrange your bikes shipment.

  3. When processing your shipment please be sure to select the ‘pick-up’ option and enter a date. (The carrier does not receive any notification that your bike needs to be picked up if no pick-up date is entered). Please select the next business day (the day after you’ve received notification that your bike has been boxed and is ready for shipment). Pickups can only be scheduled Monday through Friday.

  4. Once your shipment setup is complete please forward the BikeFlights shipping labels to cody@pinemountainsports.com. Cody will take care of the labeling, and BikeFlights.com will send you notifications directly once your bike has been picked up. Easy! Got questions? Call our service department at 541-385-8080


Santa Cruz Bronson Raffle For FAN

Pine Mountain Sports is raising money for Family Access Network by raffling off a 2018 Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon CC XO1 mountain bike! Part of the fundraising efforts of the Pine Mountain Sports Community Ambassador Program, every penny collected from this raffle will be given directly to FAN.

What’s radder and badder than donating dollars to Family Access Network? How about donating dollars to Family Access Network AND getting rewarded with a raffle ticket chance to win a brand-stinking’ new Santa Cruz Bronson in Gloss Olive green. With 150mm of travel and a SRAM Eagle 1×12 drivetrain the Bronson is THE trail bike for our rockiest Central Oregon mountain bike trails. For every $10 raffle ticket you buy, you’ll be entered to win!

Raffle tickets are only $10 each, and can be purchased on-line at BendTrails.org and at Pine Mountain Sports. No more than 1000 raffle tickets will be sold.

The winning ticket will be drawn at 7PM during the Deschutes Brewery 30th Anniversary Party held at Drake Park in Bend, Oregon on Sat June 30, 2018. The winner receives a 2018 Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon CC X-01 mountain bike (pictured) in the size of their choice. Winner need not be present to win, but must take final delivery of their new bike in person at Pine Mountain Sports after July 1, 2018. No exceptions. Questions? Contact info@pinemountainsports.com


SRAM Brakes? Heads Up!

Thanks for buying your mountain bike from Pine Mountain Sports! If you’re riding on a newer Trek, Santa Cruz, or Juliana mountain bike then we know that many of your bikes are equipped with the latest SRAM Guide or SRAM Level hydraulic disc brakes. You can look on the master cycling and see if they are labeled as such (see pic).

These are excellent brakes, and (like us) our customers have been very happy with the braking power and feel of these latest offerings from SRAM. That said, the Pine Mountain Sports service department has been in contact with SRAM regarding some issues that a few of our bikes with these Guide and Level brakes have been having this summer…

These handful of problematic brakes only had issues when the bike is ridden while it’s very, very hot outside. This summer, when the temperature was in the triple digits, a few of you who were still out on the trails brought your bikes in to see us because your brake levers started having issues with sticking or gradually locking up in the heat. We started asking questions of our friends at SRAM and were able to work with them so that we could repair or replace any of our customers Guide or Level brakes that were problematic.

The brakes that had issues had a common scenario, 100 degree temps outside, mountain bike left outside and baking in the sun (like parked on an exposed rooftop rack), and then immediately taken on a trail ride in said 100 degree temps. The extreme heat would cause a very slow lever return due to the piston swelling internally. Not a common scenario, but a scenario that shouldn’t regularly cause problems with a quality hydraulic brake like these.

Please be aware that there is not an actual recall on these brakes from SRAM. That said, we want to give you a heads up that we are already working with SRAM to make sure our service department will be among the first to get the information we need to determine if any our customers brakes are possibly affected. If needed, this can be determined in the future with a potential list of serial numbers of affected brakes.

If you’ve experienced issues, we can easily identify any brake that might be problematic by running the serial number on the underside of the brake caliper. This will require removing the brake caliper, which we’re happy to do the next time your bike is in for routine service.

Again, unless you are riding in triple digit heat, your Guide and Level brakes should still be working awesome! And most of us were floating the river when the heat wave came to see us, which means that most of us in Bend have not experienced any issues at all. And, since it’s November now, we’re not going to see any issues (while riding in Oregon) any time in the near future. So keep calm, and carry on. And definitely keep riding your bike!

In the meantime, if you have any concerns, or have had any hot-weather braking issues, please call our service department and we’ll be happy to assist in making sure that your SRAM hydraulic disc brakes are working as awesome as the Pine Mountain Sports service department and our good friends at SRAM always intended them to. As always, we’re looking out for you and your investment, and we’ll be here to take care of you and any related brake issues now, next season, or for as long as you own your bike that we built for you!

Thanks! We’re always here when you need us.

The Pine Mountain Sports Service Department


Raise A Pint for Volunteers in Medicine!

Eat at Deschutes Brewery this Tuesday and and every Tuesday in August 2017 and $1 from every pint you drink will go directly to Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades-VIM!

If you can’t make it to the pub, you can swing by the tap room on Tuesdays, fill your growler, and $2 will go directly to VIM.

Pine Mountain Sports is continuing the work of our new Community Ambassador Program. Our Community Ambassadors have each pledged to give $500 to a very deserving, and underfunded, non-profit organization of our choice.

For 2017 we are focusing these efforts on Volunteers in Medicine – Clinic of the Cascades. Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) provides healthcare on a donation basis to low-income, working adults who live in Central Oregon and have no medical insurance or means to pay for care.

We are very grateful to our friends at Deschutes Brewery for designating our 2017 Community Ambassador Program and Volunteers in Medicine – Clinic of the Cascades as their Raise A Pint beneficiary for August!

Let’s raise a pint together while raising some dollars for those who are providing healthcare for the hard working, low-income members of our community that need it the most.

Get some! Give some! ~ Dan McGarigle, Owner