Q&A with Mike Radenbaugh – Rad Power Bikes Co-founder and President

Last Updated: August 1, 2019

Do not be afraid to hand off tasks to others, people will surprise you, and it takes a big team to make a big impact in business.

    by Agent Writer
IMAGE SOURCE: RAD POWER BIKES

Ever since his first ebike build, Rad Power Bikes Co-Founder and President Mike Radenbaugh has been focused on developing functional, fun, and exciting electric transportation products that help educate and excite consumers. An avid ebiker, Mike’s personal fleet of electric bikes ranges from a 50 MPH 100.8 volt electric downhill bike to a high speed electric recumbent trike.

11 Questions for Rad Power Bikes Co-Founder, Mike Radenbaugh

Mike has taken time out of his schedule to talk to AGENT about what first got him into business and how he maintains a work-life balance.

1. Briefly tell us how you first got into business, and describe your business goals.

We first got into business as hobbyists building ebikes for ourselves and this quickly caught the attention of other people in our home town, so we started building electric bikes one at a time for others. The key goals at that time was to get more people on electric bikes, and spread the ebike grin.

 

2. What age were you when you realised you wanted to run your own business?

At about 16 or 17 years old we had been building and selling ebikes for a little while, and saw that there was a real opportunity to make it into a career path and company. We than came up with the name Rad Power Bikes, launched the website, and started ordering multiples of parts, instead of one by one.

 

3. Who are your business icons and inspirations?

Henry Ford and Elon Musk

 

4. What has been your biggest challenge in business, and how did you surmount it?

Managing the transition from a startup into a rapid scaling mode. We are currently growing at a rate that is mostly exciting…… and some days terrifying. We have gotten over the first big bumps in scaling, moving into larger offices, hiring experienced professionals to round out any voids in our management team, and continuously bringing on new talent in entry level roles and giving talented employees that have been with us all along, more freedom to continue innovating and moving up along with the business.

 

5. Work-Life balance: is it possible? How do you achieve it?

It is possible and it is critical to success. You cannot be an effective manager or decision maker without a clear and healthy mind, and regular social experiences and excersise help me stay sharp throughout the work week. I make exercise a daily ritual and believe that you have to eat well to “fuel the fire”.

 

6. What is the first thing you do every day?

Go to the gym, exercise and use the steam room.

 

7. What screen saver picture is currently on your phone?

It is a picture of the plane my grandfather flew in the military. He was a pilot and mechanical engineer.

 

8. What is the most important app on your mobile phone, and why?

WeChat. I am connected at the hip with out manufacturing and Quality Control teams and have found we chat to be a great tool for working with our teams on different continents.

 

9. What is the last thing you googled?

The phone number for a automotive repair shop, one of the vans in our field marketing fleet is in for service.

 

10. What item do you never leave the house without, and why?

Bike helmet, duh 🙂

 

11. What advice would you give to your younger self starting out in business?

Do not be afraid to hand off tasks to others, people will surprise you, and it takes a big team to make a big impact in business.

 

 



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