eHaulin' For Trail - Derrick Bell

Updated: Jun 24

IMAGES: Sterling Lorence

Meet Derrick, a trail builder who uses his ebike to access and maintain a lifetime of trails.

When it comes to trail building and ebikes there has historically been a conflict of values. Luckily, some people are changing that history. Meet Derrick Bell. An Oregon-based builder who rides more than most and builds more trails than most have ridden. We sat down with him recently to find out how ebikes help him as he maintains hundreds of miles of trails around his home, all as a volunteer.

A: So Derrick, you're a trail builder...

D: I’m not a full-time builder, I have a day job, and a lot of the building and maintenance I’ve done is volunteer work, certainly all the stuff you saw in the Shimano video was. Here in Oregon, and elsewhere, between Lane County and Deschutes County, there’s been a good volunteer workforce out there for the last 30 years. It’s been a mainstay of the community for a long time, and I'm proud to be a part of it.