Meet the PedEx Riders

John participating in Disaster Relief Trials.

JOHN HERBERG

How long have you been cycling, and how long have you worked for Pedex?

I don’t know when I “first” started riding a bike … I was four or five or something like that. I do remember the first moment I was able to ride two wheels, though. My mother was pushing the seat (helping hold me up) as I pedaled. At a certain point, I heard her say “You’re doing it!” It was an awesome experience. I started mountain biking in Corvallis in the late 90’s. Then I moved to Boston. Those were my most dedicated mountain bike years. The trails there are great for technical skills. You don’t ride a trail named “Shark Tooth” unless you know how to deal with rocks. The Northwest excels in the climb and descent arena. Love them both, but technical is more my style. Back in ‘07, I created Trips for Kids-CAT at Center for Appropriate Transport. We’re a local chapter of the international Trips for Kids group that gets kids out on the trails.

What do you do at PedEx, and what is your favorite thing about working for PedEx?

I started with Pedalers Express around the same time I started TFK-CAT, so 2007. I’ve been a bike courier ever since. Eventually started managing it, too. My favorite part about the job is getting paid to do something that matches my values & keeps me in shape. That’s something not always easy to find in this mixed-up world of ours.

What are some things you’re into when you’re not PedExing? 

What do I do on my off-time? For the most part, I stay healthy and try to make the world a better place.


Russ on his way to work during the blizzard in 2017.

RUSS ANDERSON

How long have you been cycling, and how long have you worked for Pedex?

I’ve been cycling since 1989; I started in high school, racing criteriums, road races, and triathlons. In 1992 I bought my first mountain bike, a Bridgestone MB-2, and started racing cross-country events. I competed in the Seattle Classic 15 years in a row. Eventually, I began racing dual slalom, BMX, downhill, and cyclocross. I moved to Oregon in 2007. Now, I primarily commute with the occasional road ride or mountain bike excursion. I worked for PedEx in 2012 doing courier service, and came back again in November 2016.

What do you do at PedEx, and what is your favorite thing about working for PedEx?

I do it all! I love cool wet days so I can ride hard and never break a sweat.

What are some things you’re into when you’re not PedExing? 

In my spare time I am a family man with my three daughters ages 13, 11, and 9. My 24 year-old son is also into bikes, so we ride together when we can. Rafting the rivers and hiking are fun, too.

What’s your favorite stretch to ride in Eugene?

My favorite stretch is moving east from the Ferry St. bridge to I-5 along the river. It’s a perfect blend of rolling path, shade, and cool river spots to sneak a cool dip.


Thomas prepping for a Eugene Weekly delivery run.

THOMAS POWERS

How long have you been cycling, and how long have you worked for Pedex?

I was born with a bike in hand. Just kidding, I started riding bikes at about 4 or 5. I’ve worked for PedEx for about a year and a half now.

What do you do at PedEx, and what is your favorite thing about working for PedEx?

I am the Thursday and Friday daily courier, as well as doing some of the mid-week deliveries for CoconutBliss. My favorite thing is the freedom we have as cyclists in an area like Eugene/Springfield.

What are some things you’re into when you’re not PedExing? 

Most of my spare time is spent with my son, Azro. He’s awesome, and I can’t wait to get him on a bike! Other than that I go mountain biking, as well as bike packing.

What’s your favorite cycling-related sport and why?

I’m really stoked on the local bike polo scene, it’s been sick to see it grow bigger and bigger every year.


Brian getting ready to give his brother in-law a ride home. 

BRIAN McDERMOTT

How long have you been cycling, and how long have you worked for Pedex?

I enjoyed riding bikes as a kid, but pretty much stopped once I got a car in high school (I grew up in a Washington, D.C. suburb, so this was unavoidable!). In college, I got a steel road bike for tooling around, then got into riding fixed gear bikes, which got me more interested in working on my own bikes. After a move to Eugene, I got the opportunity to work at Center for Appropriate Transport, parking bikes at local events and gathering compost for Skinner City Farm, which turned into a job at PedEx. So…in short, going on two years.

What do you do at PedEx, and what is your favorite thing about working for PedEx?

Riding-wise I’ve done it all (our “standard” daily route, postering, delivering bulk foodstuffs for Glory Bee, distributing the Eugene Weekly, etc.), but I’ve also done a fair amount on the office end- invoicing, customer relations, and such (including building our website!). My favorite thing about working for PedEx, aside from getting paid to ride a bike, is seeing the crazy amount of weight we can move with our Tri-Haulers. The most I’ve moved in one day was 6,500 lbs., during the epic ice/snowstorm of 2017.

What are some things you’re into when you’re not PedExing? 

When I’m not at PedEx, I’m a stay-at-home dad, which keeps me very busy, to say the least. Otherwise, I like wrenching on and riding bikes, reading, gardening, and playing bass guitar in my band, Paleons.