The Pine Mtn. Blog


Community Ambassadors For VIM

Volunteers In Medicine – Photo by The Bend Bulletin

For many in our Central Oregon community, 2017 has started off as a very tough year. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by abrupt changes in our National policies. However, one of the best ways to overcome those feelings is to make a positive impact in our local community. Right now.

At Pine Mountain Sports we recognize that Bend 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 the volunteers who are working their asses off to serve our neighbors and Bend residents with real needs – and we are asking for your help.

Pine Mountain Sports is continuing the work of our new Community Ambassador Program. These Community Ambassadors have each pledged to give $500 to a very deserving, and underfunded, non-profit organization of our choice. (In 2016 our Community Ambassadors donated $22,736 to CASA of Central Oregon!)

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.

VIM provides patients with primary and specialty medical care, prescription medications, mental health care, basic optometry, dental cleanings, and targeted health education programs. VIM’s patients are adults who are not eligible for the Affordable Care Act programs and have annual incomes that are less than 250% of the federal poverty level, with the average household income of about 125%, or $31,000 for a family of four.

The majority of VIM’s patients work multiple part-time jobs in construction, landscaping, various trades, restaurants, hospitality

Most patients have one or more chronic conditions that are managed with medical oversight and access to care, which we would like to help fund. VIM leverages free medication, medical supplies, and pro-bono care in the community to provide $7 of care for every $1 we raise!

We are asking you to join us in becoming a Community Ambassador. By pledging $500 directly to Volunteers in Medicine, you would provide $3500 in health care and join the ranks of local businesses and concerned citizens who are working to make a big, big difference in 2017.

This is not just for businesses. We also have commitments from numerous private families and individuals like you who have committed to making our community better for everyone! With your help we can provide stability and a brighter future for our less fortunate neighbors in Central Oregon.

Are you with us?

Please feel free to email (this email comes straight to me) with any questions you may have for me. We will be recognizing all our Community Ambassadors at this years Powderhound Preview on Wed Nov 15, 2017.

Get some! Give some.

Dan McGarigle, Owner
Pine Mountain Sports

How To Not Get Your Bike Stolen in Bend

Your rig looks rad with all those bikes on it! But don’t let it out of your sight.

Unfortunately, bike theft in Bend is a thing. Bend is a destination for mountain bikers, which also means that Bend is a destination for bike thieves. As a bike shop, we have a front row seat for reports and stories and insurance claims related to our customers getting their bicycles stolen. It sucks. But, it’s often avoidable…

1. Visiting Bend? Never leave your bikes on your car overnight.

FACT: As a destination shop for visiting mountain bikers, this is a common story. “I just got into town last night and we had our bikes stolen off of (or out of) our car in the hotel parking lot!” That sucks.

STORY: No matter where you travel, never leave your bikes on your car overnight. Even if they are locked to the roof rack. Bike thieves will pry the entire roof rack off of your car, with the bikes still on it, and trash your car in the process. The little locks on your roof racks are great for keeping your bike secure while you use the restroom at the gas station, and maybe eat dinner with your bikes within view. They are not intended to secure your bicycles overnight. Or while you’re at the movies. Or out late for dinner. Unload your bikes and bring them inside. Every night.

2. Don’t leave your garage door open unless you are standing in your garage.

FACT: In 2015 the Bend Police Department received over 360 bicycle theft reports which accounted for more than 400 stolen bicycles inside Bend city limits. Only 29% of bicycles stolen in Bend were locked up and reportedly had a lock defeated or cut. This means that 280+ of these 400 bicycles were not locked! Bicycles stolen out of open garages in Bend were unlocked 93% of the time!!!

STORY: We always hate to hear that a customer got their bike stolen. But, when we’re told that their unlocked bike was taken from their porch, driveway, or garage that they left open overnight – it’s reeeeeally hard to feel sorry for them. Seriously people, let’s not make it too easy for bike thieves. You only went into the house for a few minutes? How long do you think it takes for somebody to walk in and ride out with one or two of your bicycles? If I just happen to be walking past your house it takes about 30 seconds – and that’s with my beer still in my hand.

3. Don’t even plan on locking up your fancy mountain bike.

STORY: We’ve had many a customer ask which lock we’d recommend for securing their $6000 mountain bike. Our answer is often this… “You won’t need a lock because you’re NEVER going to leave this bike anywhere unattended. You’re going to be riding it. Transporting it in your car while you are driving the car. Or the bike will be secure inside your home or garage. There are no other places where this bicycle should be.” You wanna go down to the bars or to work? Ride your cruiser bike. Or walk. Is this realistic? If you care about your fancy bike, absolutely!

4. Know your serial numbers and register all of your bicycles with a free service like BikeIndex.

FACT:  Less than 20% of bikes stolen in Bend in 2015  were recovered and returned to their owners. And, only 25% of Bend bike owners knew all or part of their bike serial numbers. If you don’t know, or can’t quickly get, the serial number then the likelihood of getting your bike back is slim. When you register your bicycle on BikeIndex you make it possible for law enforcement to instantly determine if a bicycle they’ve recovered has been stolen and that it belongs to you. When you register your bicycle on BikeIndex any person or bicycle shop can look up a bicycle to see if it was reported stolen – and find out who it belongs to.

STORY: If your stolen bicycle gets brought into our store by a fishy owner and our service department is suspicious of it, we can instantly look it up on BikeIndex and see if it’s been reported as stolen (by you) and find out who the owner actually is. Rad!

Death to bike thieves. The best way to do this? Starve them to death.

AWESOME STORY: The good news is that, in response to a record 49% increase in bike thefts in 2015, Bend Police conducted a season-long sting operation in 2016 which made use of “bait bikes” and resulted in 16 felony bike theft arrests and (by year end) a 60% drop in bicycle thefts. Rad! But, one of Bend’s biggest bike theft problems still exists – most stolen bicycles were not locked up. C’mon, people! Let’s not make it too easy for them.

The Top 5 Locations For Bike Theft in Bend (via 2015 Bend PD reports)…

  • Yard/Porch/Driveway – 32.7% (Usually unlocked!)
  • Public Bike Rack – 19%
  • In Garage – 12.6% (Garage left open and/or bikes unlocked 93% of the time!!!)
  • Outside a Business – 11% (Usually unlocked!)
  • In Vehicle/Truck, or On Vehicle Rack – 6.9%

Annual Demo Ski SALE

Each spring, Pine Mountain Sports sells off most of our rental/demo skis and snowshoes. This year Club Card members can start buying skis on Fri Mar 24. The general public can start shopping on Sat Mar 25 until Mon Mar 27. All skis and snowshoes are cash and carry – waxed and ready to take home. We will only take phone sales after Noon on each day. No exceptions. Sale ends at 6P on Mon Mar 27.



Alpine Touring

·         Rossignol Super 7 Skis with G3 Ion Bindings = $650

·         Rossignol Soul 7 Skis with G3 Ion Bindings = $630

·         Black Diamond Helio Skis 105 with G3 Ion Bindings = $700

·         Scarpa Maestral SL Alpine Touring Boots = $375

·         Scarpa Gea Alpine Touring Boots = $330

·         Arcteryx Procline Alpine Touring Boots = $350

·         2016 Black Diamond Adjustable Poles = $40

Backcountry Nordic XC

·         Rossignol BC 65 XC Skis = $155

·         Rossignol BC 70 XC Skis = $180

·         Rossignol BC XC Boots = $65

·         2016 Salomon Snowscape and Siam 7 Skis = $120

·         Rossignol XC Rental Poles = $15 per pair

·         2014/15 Salomon XC boots = $40

·         2016 Salomon XC boots = $65

Skate Skis

·         Salomon RS Skate Skis = $290

·         2013/14 Salomon Skate Boots  = $50

·         2016 Salomon Skate Boots  = $100

 ·        All Skate Ski Poles = $30


·         MSR Revo Mens & Womens Snowshoes = $90


·         Demo Trek Farley 7 Fatbikes = $1575 (Avail to take home on Tue Mar 28)


IMPORTANT STUFF: This listing is a work in progress and pricing, sizes, and items offered may change. We do not credit any previous ski rentals towards the purchase of demo skis. Ask us if you have any questions or concerns.

End Of Season SALE


End of ski season?! Says who?! You would never know it, but according to our calendars the end of winter is near…

It’s that time! For all of you that have been waiting to buy your winter gear and hoping to save money, our End of Season SALE is our largest savings of the ski season! Our End Of Season SALE starts this weekend – and know that Pine Mountain Sports Club Card Members can start shopping a day earlier than the public…


20% OFF Backcountry Accessories including BD & G3 Skins, BD Poles, Pieps Transceivers, Shovels & Ski Waxes

25% OFF Smith Mens & Womens Ski Helmets & All Smith Goggles

30% OFF All Rossignol, Salomon and Black Diamond Skis including Nordic, Skate & Backcountry Skis

30% OFF All Ski Boots from Scarpa, Salomon, ArcTeryx & Rossignol

30% Off All Ski Bindings including G3 Tec Bindings, Fritschi AT Bindings & All Skate & Nordic Bindings

30% OFF All Winter Apparel including Womens and Mens Casual Clothing, Hats & Gloves

30% OFF All Winter Technical Clothing including Swix Nordic Jackets, Ski Pants, Baselayers & Gaiters

30% OFF Winter Accessories including BC Packs, JetForce Avy Airbags, Gaiters & More

40% OFF All Remaining Dynafit Alpine Touring Boots

40% OFF All Remaining 2015 Salomon & Rossignol Skis

An Additional 20% OFF all Closeout Clothing Items (Some Items Up To 70% OFF!)


For Club Card Members our End of Season SALE starts Fri Mar 10.

For the public, our End of Season SALE starts on Sat Mar 11. (Remember, you can sign up for a Club Card Membership any time.)

Thanks for being a part of the amazing and, at times, ridiculous winter of 2016/17. We hope to see you in the store this weekend.

2017 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 2017 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


We resolve to get every one of our customers to support our local trails and to help build more places to ride all across the country. Buy a new mountain bike from Pine Mountain Sports in 2017 and we’ll give you an annual membership to COTA and to IMBA. We’ll do this for every bike we sell, all year long. This year Pine Mountain Sports urges us all to be more involved and get dirtier than ever.


12 Days, 12 Specials! Dec 3-14

Still have some Holiday shopping to get done for yourself or others? Pine Mountain Sports kicks off our 12/12 SALE on Sat Dec 2 with 20% off all HydroFlask, Camelback & Osprey items!


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 $6 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.