High-end bikes stolen from garage on Bend’s westside
Patterson's Cannondale Scalpel (white, far left) and Cervelo P3 (right) | photo provided
A Cannondale Scalpel (mountain bike) and Cervelo P3 (triathlon/time trail bike) were stolen from a residence in Bend’s Shevlin Meadow neighborhood last night. Jeff Patterson reports that he awoke early this morning for a ride to find both bikes stolen from his garage.
From appearances, the thief or thieves broke into his wife’s car in the driveway and used the opener to gain access to the garage. Normally, Patterson writes, she usually puts the opener in her pursue which she brings inside.
The bikes, which he estimates would cost between $8,000 to $10,000 to replace at today’s prices, were part of his training routine. Patterson has competed in numerous half and full Ironman races, and was planning a return to Leadman. He also was planning on racing in the upcoming Oregon24, a twenty-four hour mountain bike race in Bend.
He feels the culprits must have had a good sense of the value of the bikes as they left behind four other bikes, ski gear, a toolset on wheels, as well as some electronic equipment. They did also get away with the family’s safe.
The Cannondale Scalpel is white with tubeless tires and has a Hutch’s sticker on it. The Cervelo P3 is black and red with an ergomo power meter setup, had a Bend Bike-n-Sport sticker, and a rear orange trainer tire on an old beat up rim.
Recovering the bikes might be challenging as Patterson didn’t keep a record of their serial numbers.
West Bend Vegetation Management Project will impact mountain bikers
Red dashed line is the proposed boundary for the Forest Service maintenance action | map from Draft EIS
The Bend/Fort Rock Forest Ranger District plans to thin, mow, and/or underburn a total of 21,850 acres covering 140 miles of summer and winter trails on Bend’s west side in the Deschutes National Forest.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) cites the fact that much of the project area was clearcut in the 1920s when ponderosa pine were once abundant. “The trees that have grown back since that time are now about 70 – 80 years old and very dense where thinning has not taken place. Fire exclusion has also played a role in the development of the current condition.”
It the current fuel-laden condition which the Forest Service says creates conditions ripe for a large scale fire which could seriously degrade the recreational assets of the area. For its part, the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) doesn’t disagree. Via email, COTA Chair Woody Starr writes,
“We have been aware of [the project plan] for about a year now thanks to the work of the Deschutes Collaborative Restoration initiative… This will be a multi-year project so the long view is needed here. The USFS, to their credit, is specifically seeking COTA’s input throughout the process.”
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Now that we’re deep into the spring mountain biking season, the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) wants to remind locals and those who visit our region about three key trail etiquette messages.
- Look, Listen, Smile
As trail users, we rely on one another. Have fun, and keep your eyes and ears open. Smile and say hello! You are in one of the best mountain bike areas in the nation.
- Descending Riders Stop For Others
We all love the downhill, but skidding out of control is not cool. Expect some uphill riders and be ready to move to one side of the trail, stopping until your line is clear.
- Tread On Trail
Thanks for yielding to other riders – but remember that riding off into the bushes widens and damages trails. Instead, put a foot down and feel good knowing that tread on the trail keeps singletrack narrow and fun.
Be a shining example of responsible trail use the next time your out riding your mountain bike, and pay-forward the fantastic work COTA and it’s volunteers have done since 1992 making Central Oregon a mecca for the sport.
This Wednesday starts five days of cycling related events in Central Oregon with a little bit of something for everyone.