A Simpler Time | Local News | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon
Search
Username
Pin It
Favorite

A Simpler Time 

OG mountain biker Gary Bonacker shares some history behind our cover image

click to enlarge Gary Bonacker, rear, riding old school. - DON IPOCK
  • Don Ipock
  • Gary Bonacker, rear, riding old school.

These days, arriving on a mountain bike trail with a whip that has coaster brakes is likely to elicit some funny looks, if not outright disdain, from fellow riders—but that was definitely not always the case.

Featured on the cover of this fine issue is someone who's been part of the evolution of the sport and its gear; an OG mountain biker, if you will. Gary Bonacker, co-owner of Sunnyside Sports and founder of the Tour Des Chutes, has been clunking around Central Oregon on a myriad of bikes for decades.

The sweet ride he's sporting, riding down Awbrey Butte (before it was populated by upscale houses), is a Schwinn single speed with coaster brakes—the very bike he rode on trails back in 1976, the year Don Ipock snapped the photo. Back then, most of the trails were double track and deer trails, Bonacker tells me. Judging by the air he's getting in the photo, having a bike that would now be classed as "bunk" wasn't stopping him from crushing.

In '76, "mountain bike" wasn't even a term; Bonacker says they called them dirt bombers.

click to enlarge Wipeout! - DON IPOCK
  • Don Ipock
  • Wipeout!

"I look back at that still and go, that was SO much fun. We would take shovels and dig these berms and dig these jumps and stuff on Awbrey Butte, because it was before there were any houses there—it was just a blast," Bonacker said. "And that's the reason people mountain bike still, and cycle in general, is that it's fun."

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Newsletter Signup

Cascades Reader Logo Cascades Reader

Get your daily dose of news for Central Oregon and beyond, delivered to your inbox five days a week. Powered by the Source Weekly.

Latest in Local News

  • Corona Cruise

    • Feb 19, 2020
    Oregon comedian finds himself onboard an un-dockable cruise ship, port countries fear coronavirus More »
  • Big Town, Small City

    • Feb 19, 2020
    The vision for the Bend Central District may get support through code changes and urban renewal revenues More »
  • The Artist Behind the Mural

    • Feb 19, 2020
    The BCD's Franklin Avenue underpass project serves as a signal of hope; a bridge between two parts of Bend More »
  • More »

More by Nicole Vulcan

  • Love Your Neighbor

    Love Your Neighbor

    A series of forums, aimed at creating an open door to get to know people of color in our community
    • Feb 12, 2020
  • Zwickelmania 2020

    Zwickelmania 2020

    Where to sample the brewtastic goods
    • Feb 12, 2020
  • Source Weekly Update Podcast 2/6/20

    Source Weekly Update Podcast 2/6/20

    A tiny home village for vets, the Meissner Nordic Luminaria and posing the question: Is Larry and His Flask still a band?
    • Feb 5, 2020
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • A new Candidate for House District 54

    A new Candidate for House District 54

    Amanda La Bell is running on the Oregon Working Families ballot line
    • Aug 27, 2018
  • The War Wages On

    The War Wages On

    Oregon will have 11 dedicated opioid treatment centers by 2019. Where—as a city, state and as a nation—are we in this raging opioid epidemic?
    • Jul 18, 2018

© 2020 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation