For Bendites Robert Rekward and Joe Myers, what started as a hobby project has transformed into something that will benefit all Central Oregon mountain bikers. The duo recently launched BendTrails.org, which provides information on mountain biking trail systems in the Bend area, including Phil’s, Swampy Lakes, Wanoga and areas east, north and west of town.
“It’s super comprehensive and all in one place,” Rekward says. “When I first came here, you needed a map, a website and a sometimes a book to navigate the trails. This demystifies the trail systems.”
Rekward, who co-owns Delicious Design, an advertising agency, moved here from Hawaii about a year and half ago. He began logging his rides into Strava, which is how he met his next door neighbor, Joe Myers, a freelance 3D designer and owner of Sketchbook Inc. “Joe noticed that most of my rides were basically ending at his house,” Rekward says.