We are Bike Otago, a group of passionate riders who are here to help you with your cycling needs – if you need a new bike, something fixed on your current bike, some honest advice or just a chat about bikes, come talk to us!
Kashi Leuchs - Owner / Manager
I started riding a mountain bike when my best friend and his little sister got given mountain bikes for christmas. His little sister didn't ride very much so my friend and I would take the bikes out to Swampy Summit and Whare Flat. After completely trashing Marianna's bike, I bought the bike from the family and had to save up for my next bike. My high school years were spent reading "Mountain Bike Action" magazine, checking out freshly landed MTB gear at the legendary R&R sport and competing in running, duathlon, triathlon, mountain bike, track cycling and adventure sport races before settling into the various disciplines of cycling which were: dual slalom, downhill, cross country, track, road and time trial. At the time the mountain biking scene was exploding everywhere including New Zealand and was a really exciting new sport. I fell in love with it and all the great people involved. In 2000 I got signed to Volvo Cannondale and spent 13 years racing in road, cyclocross and mountain biking at World cup and Olympic level.
My focus is now not only on high performance sport.
I have just built myself up a Yeti SB5 for the trails, and is currently preparing for his debut Coast 2 Coast, and will be testing out all 3 Giant road bikes this winter to see what works best (TCR, Propel and Trinity).
We also distribute Yeti Cycles in New Zealand
As we are a young start up company I do a whole bunch of different stuff. I am involved with planning, management and marketing for Bike Otago and the 3 Peaks Enduro race thats every December, organising good eats for us all at work and balance that with being a mum to Jasper and Laksmi.
We began a weekly beginner women's shop ride three years ago with Scarlett Hagen (of Bike School) as our Ride Guide and that is how I learnt to mountain bike which is pretty funny given Kashi's background. I'm a nutritionist so I believe strongly in eating things that are closest to their natural form as possible and if you can spend time in nature as well then thats perfection. I love yoga and trail running as well as mountain biking so my race of choice is the Spring Challenge, where my best buddies and I go on an exciting wee mission in the spectacular New Zealand wilderness.
My nutrition interests are diabetes, public health, first foods for babies in New Zealand and a focus on beautiful, seasonal nutrient dense diet which of course is the fuel of fabulous adventures!
My bike is a Yeti ARC-C or a ASR-C.
Our beginner women only rides start up again around daylight savings.
Ethan Glover - Service Manager
The man, the myth, the legend behind some of Dunedin's fastest Strava times. Ethan is actually a trained Geologist, but has chosen to continue studying rock, by riding over it at high speeds share his love of cycling instead of working with hard rock.
Ethan has been with us for over 4 years now and his attention to detail has seen him develop into a fine mechanic He has now moved into the role of service manager. so will be the person you will want to speak with in regards to any repairs, small parts or issues you maybe having with your bike.
Jake is a one of our most versatile staff members, handy on the tools, on the showroom floor and in the back office. But most of all, he's a weapon on the bike. Jake is currently spending 6 months in Europe racing the EWS and other enduro events, but will be back with us from October - April working in the store again.