See anything worth riding? Yup, me too.

See anything worth riding? Yup, me too.

That might sound like a bold statement considering all the breweries, epic food choices and quality gear shops in the area, but have you been to Crow’s Feet Commons yet? It’s like they took the dream of many of us outdoor folks and made it a reality. How can you go wrong? Start your day with the best of the best coffee/espresso available with locally made baked goods. Then, depending on the season, top of the line bike and ski equipment are at your fingertips. Next, after you thrash yourself on some of the highest quality singletrack in the country, road bike 200 miles-give or take, or spend your day lapping pristine backcountry ski stashes, you come back to the shop and enjoy a tasty little snack with some extremely tasty beer (this is Bend after all). Does it get any better than that?

Memorable days start with good coffee and end with good beer. For that, Crow's Feet has got you covered.

Memorable days start with good coffee and end with good beer. For that, Crow’s Feet has got you covered.

Crow’s Feet Commons is the brainchild of gear junky and world-class ski guide Dave Marchi. The shop opened last November and since has cemented its place in Bend as a community centerpiece where you can come hang out and relax, or get as fired up as possible on literally some of the best bike and ski equipment available today. The shop carries Jones Splitboards, DPS and 4FRNT skis, Dynafit bindings and offers custom boot fitting. They really only offer their customers top of the line backcountry snow sliding equipment.

The authors drops off a little Shakedown Street on one of the finer rides in the area, pointed out by the knowledgeable staff at Crow's Feet.

The authors drops off a shakedown street on one of the finer rides in the area, pointed out by the knowledgeable staff at Crow’s Feet. Photo Credit: Jillian Raymond

On the biking side of things Crow’s Feet specializes is custom bikes. What’s your vision? The shop is there to make it happen.  For example, they carry DEVINCI and Cielo brand bikes with Chris King components. When you have items like those and Dario Pogoretti frames on the wall, that can take up to 5 years to get, you know these guys aren’t messing around.

The story of the shop is just as cool as what you’ll find inside. Essentially, Marchi took an old building in Bend that had been vacated and literally transformed it into a community gathering place filled with top of the line outdoor fun toys, amazing beer and amazing coffee. Pretty cool to say the least.

Riding in Bend with a dialed out DEVINCI bike from the shop bike left  Jillian Raymond with nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.

Riding in Bend with a dialed out DEVINCI bike from the shop gave Jillian Raymond nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.

On a recent visit, my crew of three were able to test out three amazing bikes and get a taste for the world-class mountain biking in the Bend area. If you haven’t ridden in Bend you need to make it happen. Many trails have been built and are maintained specifically for mountain biking. The quality shows. As Marchi shared, “Even if it’s your first time or you don’t see yourself as a mountain biker, you’ll fall in love with the sport in Bend.” Toby Schwindt was along for this trip and got to demo a 12k dollar Moots 29’er bike that’s at the shop if you ever want to know what riding something like that feels like. According to Toby, “I’m basically screwed for the rest of my biking career, but it sure was memorable to get a taste of the good life.”

Toby's 29'er Moots rental was "easily the best bike I've ever ridden."

Toby’s 29’er Moots rental was “easily the best bike I’ve ever ridden.”

Whether you’re in Bend for beer tasting, a winter pow day or summer/fall biking season you simply can’t miss out on a visit to Crow’s Feet Commons. If anything, having a drink outside on the patio, overlooking the Deschutes River will put you right at ease knowing someone’s keeping the backcountry flame burning in the great State of Jefferson.