The Extra Mile | Addicted to Bikes

The Extra Mile | Addicted to Bikes

“The Extra Mile” is a Rad video series that highlights the dedication, passion, and stories of Rad Power Bikes employees. From R&D engineers who build electric cars for fun to retail specialists who are also journalists, each member of our team has their own Rad story. This is Derek’s.

 

As the top mechanic in our Vancouver, B.C., showroom, Derek is obsessed with getting others passionate about bikes.

 

“It’s addictive, getting people out pedaling,” he told us recently. “Anybody and everybody should be able to ride a bicycle.”

 

It’s an enthusiasm that stretches all the way back to when he went on his first solo bike ride as a child.

 

“I still remember being a kid and that first time you’re able to rip away from your house. All of a sudden, you’re like, ’I can’t hear my mom anymore, I can’t hear my dad anymore. As far as I can pedal, I can go and do.'"

 

Today, he still embraces that spirit, not just at work, but while shredding trails on his mountain bike in his free time. We tagged along for a rainy day excursion at Cypress Mountain, just north of Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

Here are a few things to know about Derek, in his own words. 

 

What's your favorite model of ebike from Rad Power Bikes?

 

The Rad Wagon is definitely the most useful bike we have. I'm glad it's helped wean so many people off their cars.

 

Where's your favorite place to ride?

 

Trails. The steeper and more technical they are, the more I find my zen.

 

What was your first mountain bike?

 

A sweet metallic purple Concord Rock & Roll 2.

 

What's something about you that would surprise us?

 

I’m actually pretty shy. I’m an outgoing introvert. 

 

Where's your favorite place to eat?

 

Thor’s Pizza in Nelson, BC.

 

Who's your favorite Athlete?

 

My wife. She's my favourite because she doesn't give up. She's very tenacious and always striving to learn more and better herself in whatever sport or activity she's involved in. I wouldn't be as healthy a person (body, mind and soul) as I'm trying to become if it weren't for her drive!

  

What's your favorite thing about Vancouver?

 

Leaving it ... to get outside. 

 

 

 


WatchWell-being

Featured Products

Save $350
Side view of a charcoal RadRover 6 Plus high-step electric fat tire bike

Electric Fat Tire Bike

The ebike model that started it all: Hop on our flagship fat tire and you may never want to leave. Now in its sixth version, the RadRover 6 Plus powers through all types of weather and terrain, with the technology and design to make it your best ebike ride yet.

(4.7) 628 Reviews
+2
+1
$1,649 $1,999
Shop Now
Side view of a silver RadRunner Plus electric cargo bike

Electric Utility Bike

Perfect for errands, perfect for fun, this electric utility bike comes fully-loaded with exclusive accessories to elevate your everyday experiences. The passenger package invites you to bring a friend for the ride, while the premium headlight gives you the confidence to hit the road any time.

(4.7) 1182 Reviews
+1
$1,899
Shop Now
Close up view of black, metal Front Rack for Rad ebikes.
(4.5) 590 Reviews
+2
+1
$69
Shop Now

Popular Posts

  1. A RadRover 6 Plus on a dirt mountain road from a distance.
  2. A close-up of the RadRover Step-Thru alongside a pair of plants.
  3. What's in an Electric Bike Category Name?