Independently owned and community grown. Sol Rides came about with the freedom to explore the wide open spaces of the Columbia River Gorge with the new and radical approach to mobility - Electric 'pedal assist' Bikes, aka: eBikes, Pedelecs (pedal electrics).
Sol Rides owner and lead tour guide Charlie Crocker has brought extensive knowledge and passion for guiding and instructing into the realm of eBikes here in the the Gorge. What he enjoys most about Sol Rides is that everyone is moving along at the same pace, equal playing fields and instantly we all enjoy a similar giddy feeling once had as a child when riding on two wheels.
With thirty years guiding and instructing in the outdoor sports industry, he seems to be following his path, literally, (on two wheels). There is a distinct correlation between time spent outdoors, learning and moving together, as there is with our good health and positive energy. Wishing to continue in sharing his fondness for the outdoors he has designed a business plan to bring new friends and wide open spaces together.
Currently a certified IKO kite instructor-since 2007, and FirstAid/CPR trained. Once a ski patroller at Berthoud Pass ski area in Colorado, Level III WhiteWater kayak instructor (ACA), Licensed River Guide in Idaho, Utah, and Alaska. Bike guide in Baja and Oregon as well many years working as a bike mechanic. Ski shop/tech since the age of eighteen, and Master Fit boot fitter to name a few of his "career" jobs. Pursuing movement in the outdoor world is where you will find Charlie and where he finds bliss... on a bike, kitesurfing, SUP board, Motorbike, skis, kayak, trail run or perhaps a yoga class to practice his grounding and flexibility for this new adventure called entrepreneurship.
Look forward to sharing some time on bikes and good stories with new friends await.