About Energized Bikes
Bryan Hope – Owner, Guide, and Certified Bicycle Mechanic.
Bryan, a second generation Californian, spent his grade-school years in the rural Northern California town of Granite Bay. He originally came to Santa Barbara as a young college student and now with almost 30 years of residency considers it his adopted home.
From an early age, outdoor recreation has been a passion and directional force in his life. Riding bikes has always been one of his “things” and during his college years, he familiarized himself with the bumpy front and back-country trails of Santa Barbara during the era of pre-mountain bike suspension. A background in BMX as a kid likely prevented most injuries.
Following his university years with degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography came a chapter in the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe. He spent four years as a ski bum, making as many powder turns as possible during the winters and whitewater kayaking and biking in the summers. Eventually the low-paying dead-end jobs, as fun as they were, and his desire to get a little more serious and again live at the beach led him back to Santa Barbara.
Back in SB several career paths emerged, all catering to his entrepreneurial spirit, including stints in natural foods and green building. Eventually he settled into the wine industry as both a passion and profession. In 2007 he started a wine touring business focused on the sustainable wine producers of Santa Barbara’s Santa Ynez Valley and eventually became a certified sommelier. After twelve years in wine, he sold the business and moved on to participate in the e-bike transportation revolution.
Bryan is now a UBI-certified bicycle mechanic and he continues to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship, outdoor adventure, and sustainability with Energized Bikes, offering concierge-level E-bike tours and maintenance.