Press

Below you’ll find a collection of posts, articles, and excerpts which have either been authored by the Dirty Freehub team or are about Dirty Freehub.

$1.1M For Oregon Coast: Funding to support Accessibility and Inclusion Initiatives

Dec. 13—Oregon Coast organizations have received $1,109,761 in competitive grants from Travel Oregon to fund accessible and inclusive tourism projects in the region.

Across Oregon, 56 grant recipients were awarded $3.6M aimed at enhancing local economies and communities through visitor industry improvements and promotion.

Dirty Freehub […]

Deschutes Trails Coalition Announces 2024 Small Project Grant Awards To Support Local Trail Stewardship

The Deschutes Trails Coalition announced awards totaling $22,062 for their annual Small Projects Grant program. This program funds trail-related projects within the Deschutes National Forest. Now in its seventh year, the program has cumulatively funded nearly $250,000 since its start in 2018. Project work will occur between June 2024 and […]

Bend’s Upcoming BioBlitz

Get ready for Central Oregon’s first ever City Nature Challenge from April 26-29, hosted by Think Wild and other community partners. For three days, the Central Oregon community is encouraged to record wildlife and native plant observations through the free smart phone app, iNaturalist. This worldwide “bioblitz” will provide a baseline of […]

Podcast: ‘Gravel Girl’ Linda English of Dirty Freehub

Linda English, a runner-turned-cyclist and tech industry retiree, has built something very special. Linda and her crew have uploaded about 300 gravel ride routes onto DirtyFreehub.org and the site has become a must-browse for anyone who seeks adventure on two wheels. I’ve watched the site’s impressive growth over the past decade — right […]

Central Oregon Tourism Can be a Benefit or Bust

For decades, Bend has been known for its outdoor recreation.

The city’s population was smaller in the 1990s, of course. The number of visitors were, too. But outdoor enthusiasts still came to ski and hike and bike mountain trails — people like Linda and Kevin English.

Note: this article requires a subscription to the Bend Bulletin.

Bend nonprofit Dirty Freehub marks 10 years of creating route guides for gravel cycling

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Dirty Freehub, a Bend-based 20+ employee and volunteer based nonprofit organization that creates route guides for gravel cycling, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Celebratory events include an online party and in person ride on one of their original routes, Water and Lava, that will take place on Saturday, Aug 19. […]

Pace Groups in Gravel Cycling at the Gorge Gravel Grinder

“I was so busy meeting the people in my pace group that I forgot to be nervous,” commented one of the cyclists at the Gorge Gravel Grinder.

The idea of pace groups is nothing new to those of you who came out of the running world. Large running events offer up designated runners who have signs to show the pace they are running (For […]

Spring Fling In Madras: A Gravel Cycling Paradise

When I first moved to Bend, I thought of Madras as one of the last towns to grab gasoline or coffee on my mad dash to the PDX airport. But now that I’ve logged more than a few miles on a gravel bike in the area, I can tell you Madras offers some of the best spring riding. I am amazed by the diversity of the riding; quiet country roads that […]

Gravel Cycling in Baker City Oregon

With everyone clambering to have THE best gravel, we have to toss in our vote for the Northeast section of Oregon. Land yourself in the town of Baker City, Oregon and you will be surrounded by an area rich in history (think gold mining and the wild west era) and loaded with “go nowhere” roads that make riding just a blast. There are […]

What Is Gravel Cycling, and How Can I Get Started?

I’m always ready to take the road less traveled. It’s a trait that recently led me to gravel cycling, a catchall term to describe riding on a mix of unpaved surfaces — trails, fire roads, and singletrack, any of which might contain some loose or crushed rock and stone.

Sure, sometimes that means I carry my bike across train tracks or […]

Deschutes Trails Coalition announces nine projects to be supported with TRT funds

The nonprofit Deschutes Trails Coalition has selected nine projects to receive a total of $600,000 to improve trails and trail infrastructure around Deschutes County, according to a release.

The funding comes from a portion of the Deschutes County Transient Room Tax and was approved earlier this year by the Deschutes County Commission. The […]

Gravel Girl’s Keys To Winter Cycling

Let’s be honest here; when we talk about winter cycling there are just a handful of us willing to brave the elements. I head out in the worst of winter storms to downhill or cross country ski, but find myself wincing at the thought of snow flurries on a bike. Let me walk you through a host of options for staying “cycling fit” during the […]

Guest Column: Let’s not lose the Skyline Forest

Skyline Forest is the place I ride my bike for a quick escape, the gravel between Bend and Sisters, the long way to ride to Tumalo Falls, the scenic way to ride to Tumalo Reservoir, and an easier climb to go see vast views of Black Butte. I’ve run across badgers, mule deer, elk and even a bobcat. One of the main gravel roads was put in […]

Gravel Girl’s Guide to Cycle Adventures in Central Oregon

Linda English had been cycling on Oregon’s rural roads around her home in Bend for years, but one day in 2013, she seized upon a rare opportunity.

Her husband, Kevin English, also an avid cyclist, had injured himself and needed time out of the saddle to recover. That made him the perfect person to drive the shuttle car while Linda and her […]

New Gravel Adventure Field Guide for Bend, OR

In their latest publication launched today, the Gravel Adventure Field Guide goes to Bend, OR to showcase 11 new analog maps with routes that cover 475 miles of gravel in the region. We recently reported on our experience with the Gravel Adventure Field Guide for Patagonia, AZ, so this new guide for Central Oregon is well received. The new […]

What Is Gravel Cycling and Why You Should Give It A Try

THE WASHINGTON POST – Krystal Salvent was an avid road cyclist – until she found herself lying in a ditch after a driver ran her off the road. That experience prompted the Boulder, Colorado, co-leader of Black Girls Do Bike Denver to buy her first gravel bike. “If I can remove that obstacle for myself and focus more on my bike […]

Plan The Perfect Route with Linda English

On this week’s episode of Girls Gone Gravel Kathryn and Kristi catch up with cyclist and route-planning expert Linda English. In 2014 Linda and her husband founded Dirty Freehub, an online resource for cyclists looking for vetted gravel routes. Since then, the site has grown into a non-profit organization that offers resources to gravel […]

Gravel Cycling Takes People Around the County

WALLOWA COUNTY — An online nonprofit group that promotes gravel bicycle routes is taking advantage of the many miles of gravel roads in Wallowa County, as well as the history and beauty of the county by establishing routes for gravel cycling.

The Bend-based Dirty Freehub maps out routes it shares with cyclists. The group has a guide […]

Taking The Plunge Into Gravel E-Biking

I’ve cranked more than a few miles over the years on bicycles: road bikes, mountain and my true passion, gravel. I’m not speedy but I can go the distance. I don’t mind rough terrain. I love a long climb and a rippin’ descent. And most of all, I love exploring, especially the backroads of Oregon—even better if I find other people who […]

Getting into gravel

The popularity of bicycling on gravel roads is on the rise, and a couple who founded a website dedicated to the topic plan to add 35 new routes around Baker County and Northeastern Oregon to their list. Linda and Kevin English of Bend started Dirty Freehub — dirtyfreehub.com — six years ago.

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Column: Biking within Bend on Townie

Here’s a bike adventure with one simple purpose: help cyclists in Bend stay out of traffic when they are riding around town. Think of it as a tour that takes you here, there and everywhere. By the end of it, you’ll rethink how to commute across town on a bike. We call this route Townie.

Townie was patched together by your pals from […]

Navigating the spring freeze-thaw like a pro

We’ve all been there. It’s a sunny spring day with the temperature pushing 60. You’re itching to ride your mountain bike after a long, cold winter. You head out, picturing sailing along the fast, flowy trails Bend is famous for.

An hour later you’re slowly slogging your way down a muddy trail, knowing you’ll have to spend an hour […]

The Silver Onion 5-Star Route: East of Tucson, Arizona

We’ve put in more than a few miles across the western US, so we don’t use the term “bucketlister” lightly.  This ride is outstanding and should be top on your list. With a squiggly climb up to Onion Saddle (an incredible evolving view the whole way) … then the drop down into the town of Paradise, past the cemetery … and over to […]

Winter Gravel Cycling: Routes For Even The Darkest Of Days

Darker. Colder. Sometimes it’s hard to find that motivation to bike outside in the winter. But with a few extra layers of clothing and some good route selection, you’ll be sneaking in quite a few extra miles. Bend, Redmond and Prineville frequently have winters without much snow in town; the key here is learning to check the elevation to […]