Ever wonder about that friendly guy who shows up in a town near you with a van and a trailer full of bikes for you to test? For Niner, he’s Lucas Perez, our National Demo Tech. A couple of weeks ago, before he started his onslaught of driving and demo events, we sat down with him to give you another look, Behind the 9.
Niner: What’s your first memory of riding a bike?
Lucas: My first memory of riding a bike was lining up at the start line to my first cross country mountain bike race when I was seven years old. It was a mini course set up in the middle of the venue and I just remember the amount of people that were gathered around it cheering on all of us little kids.
Niner: What was your first mountan bike and where was your first ride on it? Do you still have it?
Lucas: I can’t remember the brand of the mountain bike but it was a rigid steel bike that weighed a ton. I remember being so happy when I got it. I wish I still had it. My first ride on it was around my neighborhood when I lived in Colombia.
Niner: What’s the one place you’ve ridden that you would go back to right now?
Lucas: I rode the Monarch Crest trail near Salida, Colorado a few years back with some good friends. I would love to go back and relive that moment.
Niner: What’s the worst ride you’ve ever had?
Lucas: It was a ride where I underestimated the amount of liquids and food I needed to bring on a long training ride with some strong guys. I had to resort to eating dirty snow off the side of the trail because I was so BONKED!
Niner: What is it about the bike that has grabbed your attention and held onto it?
Lucas: The ability to go anywhere in a timely fashion and be able to enjoy it. Unlike hiking.
Niner: What movie or novel (or cartoon) character do you most identify with?
Lucas: Mark Wahlberg in the movie Shooter.
Niner: What’s one rule you try to live by?
Lucas: I try not to take anything for granted and live everyday like it’s my last because you never know when it will be.
Niner: What would you do if you didn’t work for Niner and funds were not an issue?
Lucas: I would travel down to Patagonia with my girl, my bike and my fly rod and live out of a cabin.
Niner: In the cycling world, who would you like to meet and go for a ride with? What would you ask that person?
Lucas: I would like to meet Jared Graves and go on a ride with him. In my opinion he is the best mountain biker to ever ride a bike. He seems like a humble guy too. I would ask him to teach me to jump better!
Niner: What piece of bike gear can you not live without?
Lucas: Aside from the essentials like shoes, helmet, and gloves I couldn’t live without a device that plays music and tracks my rides. I like to jam on long rides and I like to be able to see and track my progress.
Niner: If you had to choose between bowling, mini-golf or disc golf, which would it be and why?
Lucas: Probably disc golf since those courses are usually in cool areas and I like to be outside.
Niner: If you could improve one skill on the mountain bike, what would it be?
(P.S. Keep an eye out HERE to meet up with Lucas at one of our many demo events. Bring him cookies and a smile. He logs a lot of miles in that demo van each year!)