But if you take a slight detour to Prineville, you might just be pleasantly surprised.
“The best part of riding in Prineville is that it’s lower traffic, so you don’t need to worry about contending for parking spaces, you can just ride from town similarly to in Bend,” said James Good.
Good owns Good Bike Co. in Prineville, where he does repairs, rents and sells bikes and accessories.
Even though it’s just barely over 35 miles Northeast of Bend, he says Prineville offers a different climate for riding.
“In the shoulder seasons and winter season we have a little better weather pattern,” said Good. “So, it’s sunnier and typically drier, our riding season is generally longer than what you’ll find in Bend and Redmond.”
Similarly to Bend, one of Prineville’s main riding areas is close to town.
“Locally here right in Prineville we have Lower 66 which is at the grade, that’s 66 acres, roughly 3 ½ miles if you do the loops in conjunction to each other. You can do them in any direction to add or reduce mileage,” said Good.
If you’re looking to put in a lot more miles, James says you’ll want to ride in the Ochoco National Forest.
“I’d say the two biggest routes people focus on is Round Mountain and Lookout. Round Mountain and Lookout together is about 30 miles. Just doing Lookout is about 20 miles as a loop,” Good said. “The scenery up there is incredible, you get up on the high point which is Lookout overlooking west toward Prineville and Bend. You’ve got 100-year-old Ponderosa Pines and probably the most traffic you’re going to run into is the wild horse herd up there. It’s pretty surreal, it’s incredible.”
For families, James suggests sticking to trails around town.
“From singletrack at the Lower 66, it’s very non-committal, you can go as long or as short as you’d like to ride,” said Good. “There’s also a paved trail along Ochoco Creek, it’s not extended mileage, maybe about 2-3 miles, it’s a great family day trip and not far from that is Tastee Treat a place to stop for ice cream or lunch.”
And for the adults — Good Bike Co. has beer on tap to help you top off a great day in Prineville.