e-Mountain Bike Trails and Our Community
Hutch’s Bicycles has been an advocate for e-bikes since they first came on the scene and when you look around town these days you see them EVERYWHERE! Cargo e-bikes, cruiser e-bikes, fitness e-bikes, retrofitted e-bikes and more. Our experience is once someone has had chance to ride an e-bike they almost immediately say “WOW!”. Bottom line: they are FUN! Seriously. FUN! E-bikes also enable those who can’t currently ride a bicycle due to a physical issue, age, etc. the ability to enjoy riding a bicycle once again. That is pretty amazing.
So what does the new trend in e-bikes mean for our dirt trail riding community?
We respect our fellow mountain bikers and the rules that have been set by the US Forest Service (USFS). As a bike shop, we inform our customers about what the rules are and help them find the best places to ride. The rules for USFS eBikes on non-motorized, single-track dirt trails are pretty clear and can be found here on our E-bike Rider Information Page. In short, no e-bikes on USFS non-motorized trails.
Almost 40 years ago Hutch’s Bicycles was here to support the growing mountain bike community. Now we want to do the same for the e-bike community.
So, how can we support our e-bike friends who want to ride on the dirt?
We have started compiling a list of dirt routes that don’t infringe on the USFS non-motorized, single-track dirt trail rules. We are starting with some gravel routes from our friends at Dirty Freehub that allow e-bikes and cover many parts of Central Oregon. We have also started creating our own e-bike dirt routes throughout Bend, Redmond and the rest of Central Oregon that conform to the USFS rules. They will be available shortly. We plan to add physical trail maps and other support items for our e-bike friends as well.
Our first batch of dirt routes are here and ready to download and ride.
Lastly, let’s collaborate together as bike shops and locals to build a community where e-bike trail riders understand their options, educate them on the current rules and continue to expand those options for riding in our amazing Central Oregon communities.
Just like we did with the original mountain bikers back in the day, Hutch’s Bicycles wants to continue to be a leader in supporting all cyclists. No matter what type of bicycle people choose to ride.
If you would like to help and be part of the solution or have constructive ideas, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
Thanks for reading.
The Hutch’s Bicycles Team
Supporting all riders since 1981