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08 January 2019 - Idaho

Meet the STEPS Team: Brant Havro

Brant Havro is the STEPS West Coast Demo Driver - his job entails driving around the Western US States, including California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and more attending events and sharing the experience of Shimano STEPS.

The Shimano STEPS demo team is made up of three drivers covering all of the North America. The team will be traveling throuhgout North America to key events so consumers can test ride both our Shimano STEPS E-MTB and E-City electric bike systems. 

 

We sat down with Brant, our West Coast Demo Driver, for a little Q&A to learn more about him.

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Where are you from, where are you based out of?

  • I am from Claremont, CA and currently reside in Boise, ID

How did you get started in the bike industry and when?

  • When I was 15 years old, my mom told me I needed a job. I was extremely passionate about mountain bikes, so I went down to my local shop and asked for a job. I was hired on the spot and started as the shop grom at Coates Cyclery. I cannot thank Corey enough for this opportunity and letting me work part time through my high school/ college career.

What do you like about being a Shimano STEPS demo driver?

  • Visiting new cities is by far the best part. Meeting the locals and getting their perspective of why they live in that particular area is always something I am intrigued by. It doesn’t matter where you live, it’s what you make of it.

Any fun facts you’d like to mention about yourself?

  • I haven’t turned on a TV in over four years. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

 

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Favorite Place to Ride?

  • Anywhere with limited cell service, so generally the mountains. I would have to say Mary’s Peak outside of Corvallis, OR. It’s a magical place and recommend everyone to ride it if they find themselves driving the 5 freeway through Oregon.

Favorite Food?

  • Can’t go wrong with a good burger

Favorite City in the US?

  • Boise, ID

Favorite place to ride a STEPS city bike?

  • Seattle, Washington. I enjoy riding ebikes in Seattle because of wide variety of terrain throughout the city. You can be cruising along the Burke Gilman Bike Path which is relatively flat, then hop into downtown and ride up some of the steepest streets in the state. The views and food doesn’t made for a bad experience neither.

How do you like your coffee?

  • Extremely hot and generally black.

 

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Cats or dogs?

  • Dog. A lab is always a good call

Favorite dessert food? 

  • Brownie

Do you listen to podcasts or music on the road?

  • Music forsure. Johnny Cash to be exact

Favorite professional sports team?

  • Dodgers.  There is something about attending a Dodger game with their old stadium. It feels the way a baseball game should.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen out on the trail?

  • Being growled at by a momma bear count? Found out quickly that mom bears really do not like when you get to close to their cubs. Even though it was on accident, I won’t ever forget that moment.

Favorite candy?

  • Sour gummy worms are always a solid choice. Especially during a long ride.

 

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Favorite Breakfast Cereal?

  • Honey Nut Cheerios

Childhood nickname?

  • B-rant

What are three things that are still on your lifetime bucket list?

  • Live in a different country for a year, travel to every state (only 10 away), and race at an EWS.

If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?

  • Tiger for sure, I used to watch documentaries on them as a kid!

Favorite Disney movie?

  • Cars