Maybe you’re slow. Or fast. Sharing trails with walkers or approaching a rider on horseback. It doesn’t matter. Please. Consider the following:
Smile. If you’re not enjoying yourself, why are you riding?
Be Bend. People here are pretty darn nice. We all have our bad days or moments. Try to be forgiving of that. Patience is your friend.
Keep your eyes and ears open. Cars and other riders are known to appear suddenly.
Remember you are not an island. You may want to pass another biker or someone on foot, but wanting to and actually doing it are two different things. Take a beat to consider your move before you make it. Is there sufficient room? Could you startle the person you want to pass? What lies ahead on the trail? Do you have the right of way?
Avoid dust storms. Whether you’re visiting or living here, you are no doubt familiar with our fine and persistent dust. Give a wide berth when passing and slow down.
I love dogs. Bend loves dogs. I like most fuzzy critters.
Please, please be thoughtful when riding around our furry friends. Take your cues from the owner and slow way down. A “good dog” compliment doesn’t hurt!
It’s hard to beat the mountain views, although the farms and animals on Tyler Road are the best part of the ride in my mind.
When you arrive at the Tumalo Reservoir portion of the loop, consider popping over to the historic bridge.
It’s too early for wildflowers, so plan on coming back in May and June.
With an electric bike this road trip can start at home.
From our front door – or to be precise, the garage – we head out Mt. Washington, ride down Archie Briggs, then aim toward Tumalo State Park, then up Tumalo Reservoir Road. You can cross Highway 20 and go to Tumalo or not. Either way, no bike rack, no car.
Mountain views, juniper forests, a few whoop-de-dos, and rabbitbrush. Oh, did I mention the Valley of the Bones?
This map will give you an overview. As COTA points out, this is an excellent winter trail and we concur. We scouted it after heavy rains in the area and there was little-to-no evidence of path degradation. Runoff crossed the trail in one spot up in the junipers but left soils intact.
Technical trail features (TTFs) you can tackle or opt out of
Cows and Danger Noodles
Don’t be discouraged by the signs. Cows have grazed here, and may in the future, but the trails are clear and clean. Since sight lines are excellent you will have ample warning should one be in the vicinity.
As to the danger noodles, yes there is a possibility. However, most of the terrain is not conducive to where snakes like to hang out – at least in our experience. (Think Steelhead Falls or Smith Rock.)
Any who … I’m one of those people who’ve grown to dislike all snakes (not rational I know) and I was not concerned. Like any trail, keep your eyes open. You need to do that anyway to ride, right?
The Valley of the Bones
Love, love, love this! You’ll see a few “teaser bones” leading up to the main event and VOB trail branch.
It begins with a cool technical feature. If you prefer, there is an opt-around opposite the bone marker on the other side of the wooden bridge.
You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see this:
Elephant Wearing a Bow Tie
Hands down, my favorite bone!
I could go on and on. I freely admit we only explored a few miles on foot, our modus operandi when scouting trails. We will be back with our eBikes, no question! And I’m looking forward to checking out the perimeter.
So get out and ride! On the way, take City View Street and enjoy the roundabout art.
For more photos of the Madras Trails check out my Flickr album.
Whether it’s extra cushioning, surviving potholes, or “rolling flat,” upgrading your tires can make a big difference.
Comfort and Safety
The wide diameter 650bx2.3 inch Nimbus sport tires installed on Lil Squeezy provide excellent traction, stability, and cushioning, which creates a safer, more reliable, and more comfortable ride on paved or dirt roads. Combined with a spring suspension seatpost and pressure-relieving Body Geometry saddle, you’ll never want to get off your bike!
Maxxis Hookworm tires were a key feature on our REI Co-op build. Tough yet smooth, Hookworms really roll. Seriously. You’ll find yourself peddling less. It’s almost like having a sub-1 pedal assist level.
Tough enough for the meanest streets! Durable enough for urban assault, park riding, commuting, cargo bikes, etc. Grooved slick tread design. Wrap around tread pattern.
As the original urban assault tire, we designed the Hookworm to take the abuses of the most aggressive street riders. Bead-to-bead tread provides durability and traction whether you’re dropping staircases, grinding rails or riding in your local skate park.
Wowza! I think most riders would take it a bit easier, but knowing these tires are tough = peace of mind.
These swap-outs and additions were made in 24 hours. The original suspension seatpost was a $200 upgrade. We changed it out for our customers as a matter of preference, but it also saved them on the purchase price.
This is the difference between “buying off the rack” and finding something that is truly custom built for you.
Custom builds respect the fact that everyone is different. What I need or prefer may not matter to you or vice versa. Our Mom and Pop shop strives to add components we think play up the best features of a particular build. We are also pleased as punch to make a switch that better fits you!
No, it’s not a breaking news story, but we did just add three new features to this cool build:
A ring-a-ding-ding bell
Rear view mirror so you can see who’s sneaking up on you
Kickstand for parking your ride
What Are We Talking About?
Our new California eBike build on a REI Co-op aluminum frame with steel fork. Pedal assist and throttle powered.
Fast-rolling Maxxis Hookworm street tires
BMX tall handle bars for upright pedaling
California eBike power group set, w/ long-range battery, throttle, pedal assist, and mid-drive motor.
Programmable controller – 750 Watt Class 3
Go Fast! Speeds of 30+ mph
Go Far! Mileage range 35-40+ depending on rider, terrain, and throttle use
Ride in Comfort
The extra tall front fork guarantees room for the big battery, mounted on the frame underside. Comfort is king during high speed runs over rough pavement or gravel with our suspension seatpost and mid-drive motor.
Turn on a Dime
If you’re looking for a highly maneuverable bike that turns on a dime (remember those? Ha!) – this ride is for you.
With the Maxxis Hookworm tires, this bike is just under 26 inches and classified as Adult with the modified setup (MH tires, tall suspension seatpost, and BMX stand up handlebars).
Test Drives Encouraged
Find out for yourself how well this eBike handles compared to a RAD or other hub-style eBike. The California eBike is lighter, more comfortable, and requires less maintenance (no broken spokes like hub motor eBikes). Experience the difference!
Porch pickup or deliveries in local area at our discretion.
Cash, credit card, debit card, or Zelle payments accepted.
Because they’re better! And not necessarily more expensive.
It starts with the bike. Whether new or used, we convert your ride. Bikes in landfills just seems wrong to us.
Advantages of Mid-Drive Motors
We use mid-drive motors. With a mid-drive, which is integrated into the pedal assembly, the weight is centered on your bike. This allows for:
A more comfortable ride
Reduced or no maintenance
Cost savings over the long run
How can that be? Aren’t hub-motor bikes like the RAD cheaper and just as good?
Don’t get us wrong. The RAD business model, which emphasizes affordability at purchase, gets a definite thumbs-up. Millions of dollars in sales can’t be wrong.
But hub motors add weight to the rear wheel of your bike. You are more likely to feel all the bumps and grinds as you ride. In addition, broken spokes – caused by the weight of the motor in the wheel – are common. To fix this problem requires the expertise of a specialized bike mechanic, which can be costly.
Off the Shelf or Custom?
When you buy off the shelf, what you see is what you get. That can be terrific – if you purchase optional add-ons (more money) or just need the very basics.
Our eBikes are custom from the get-go. We aren’t obligated to use parts only from a specific source. We can add the best of the best as part of your regular build request. Features many manufacturers or shops would call “extras” like mirrors, racks, custom grips, etc. are standard for us. And we work with you to find the best solutions for your needs.
Try before you buy. We will happily arrange test drives any time! Discover for yourself the difference in comfort between hub and mid-drive motors. Don’t take our word for it, comparison shop.
Find out the real cost, not just the purchase price. What comes standard? How much are “extras?” Is installation free? How long is the warranty and what do repairs typically run if the warranty has expired? We believe you’ll learn that custom built mid-drive eBikes like ours are the better value in the long run.
Please shop local. Whatever you choose, please buy from a local dealer. Whether it’s a Mom and Pop like us or another local – it’s all good. We need to support each other and our communities.
This unique BMX/comfort cruiser eBuild will be on view at Matt Cloninger’s custom home located at 1315 NW Mount Washington Drive in the NWX neighborhood. Watch for the COBA tour signs!
The Specialized Roll Sport
As a hybrid, the 2020 Roll Sport was an ideal candidate for eBike customization. We purchased it “factory fresh” from Hutch’s in Bend.
For the eBike conversion, we installed a Luna Cycle Wolf power group set, consisting of a 1000 watt motor, controller, throttle, power cut-off brake lever, bling ring, and color display. We also added a front basket, rear rack, and mirror.
With a range of 35-40 miles and a top speed over 30 mph, this conversion is the bomb! It not only goes faster and further than a Rad, it weighs less. Total cost: $2,000. Sold to one of our favorite customers, Tom.
If you’re a local, you know Crow’s Feet is more than bikes. When it comes to back country skiing, they’ve got you covered.
We visit both shops for the camaraderie, which is practically Bend’s other name. Both sell eBikes, so check them out.
Need parts? Crow’s Feet is a great resource. We also frequent Sunnyside Sports on Galveston and Pine Mountain Sports on Century Drive. Adding custom bling rings, grips, seats, baskets, and racks is part of our mojo.
So now you know. When you work with High Lakes eBikes we buy local too!