The Hub Cyclery: Hub Clubbers Share Their Favorite Rides
The Hub Cyclery is as much the hub for an active cycling community as it is a bike shop. Those loyal to the shop make up The Hub Club – part racing team, part catchy name for a collective group who simply likes to ride together and ride a lot. It’s a diverse group that includes guys who mash for hours a day on both road and mountain bikes; a mom who takes great joy in watching her young sons fall in love with the sport right alongside her and a couple guys who prefer singlespeeds to gears. (I know, right?) Here’s a few of our favorites – from the adventurous to the quick and easy.
Willem is the workhorse of the group. He rides every day and he rides a LOT of miles. He rides road. He rides mountain bikes. He takes his CX bike on and off road. He’s an inspiration to every one of us (who don’t think he’s nuts!) His favorite ride is the Cascade Lakes Loop, a classic Central Oregon road ride up Century Drive in town past Mt. Bachelor, down to Elk Lake and back via Sunriver. His steed is a Felt F4 with a full Shimano Ulegra drivetrain, Shimano Dura Ace Wheels and a 3T cockpit. “The ride has awesome views and is usually quite quiet in terms of traffic,” Willem says. “I love the length of the ride as it suits my training and riding well. The climbing and descending on the ride is also awesome.
Tracie has to brush her teeth a lot – because a smile as big as hers attracts a lot of dust, bugs and debris when she rides. But she can’t help it. She loves being on her bike, especially when she’s with her husband and two sons. Her favorite ride involves a shuttle. Park one car at Phil’s Trailhead and another at the bottom of “Red Road” (Forest Service Road 300.) Ride up the Whoops Climb (a fire road) to the top of lower whoops and coninue climbing to the Shooting Star Shelther. Take a short break, and bust on down upper then lower Whoops – maybe the most fun you can have on a mountain bike. Take 300 Road to Phil’s and head down through Phil’s Canyon.
“This ride gives you the best of all aspects of mountain biking,” Tracie says. “I love the challenge of the climbs, and then the decent to the trailhead is the payoff. The Whoops are a lot of fun and Phil’s Canyon allows you to really pick up speed and have a last through some twists and turns and work your way through some very easy to ride technical sections without feeling like you’re going to kill yourself.” Her bike of choice: A Trek Superfly full suspension.
That’s me. Prior to this year, my favorite ride was the Bens>Kents>Phil’s loop I did on my lunch break in Bend. Now, I work in Sunriver and have access to 40 miles of paved bike trails and easy access to the Deschutes River Trail. When I want to get to the trail in a hurry, I drive the 3 miles from the Village at Sunriver to the trailhead and do the quick 7 mile out and back to Benham Falls. If I have some more time, I’ll ride from The Village to make it a nice little 13+ mile out and back.