About us

Our mission is to help individuals and families build lasting memories on bicycles.


Core Values:

Dependable Service - consistent reliable workmanship

Trustworthy Advice - helpful expert information

Contagious Passion - infectious love for cycling


So what's up with our name and how do you pronounce it?

CentriPedal is not a real word. It’s a combination of the words CentripeTal and Pedal.

cen·trip·e·tal [sen-trip-i-tl] is an adjective that means directed toward the center (opposed to centrifugal) as in operating by centripetal force.  Simply put, it’s the inward force exerted towards the middle of a rotating object and is part of reason why one can balance while riding a bicycle.

How do you pronounce “centripedal?”  Like Centripetal: [sen-TRIP-i-dl]

There you have it!


Where did we come from?

CentriPEDAL Bikes opened on June 21st, 2012.  Owners James and Karin Rardin have been residents of the Tri-City area since 1994.  James taught at James Logan High School for 17 years before deciding to turn his his passion of cycling into a career.  James and Karin have a son and 2 daughters.

By 2016 the store had grown enough to move to a larger space in September of that year, one space over from its original location.  It is still located in Thornton Plaza next to the original Suju's Coffee and Tea Restaurant. 

Our bicycle brands include Giant, Bianchi, Felt, Frog, and Sun.  We specialize in family, kids, and commuter bicycles with road and mountain bike offerings as well.  While your visiting discover how fun an electric bike can be.

We have an enthusiastic staff that is ready to help you select the best bike for you.

James & Karin Rardin - Owners  


Service Team

Alex Cortez - Service Manager

Alex probably owns every bicycle tool that exists.  Trained in Shimano, SRAM, and Campognolo, he loves to work on bikes and nurse them back to health.  He has worked in many parts of the industry and raced for Team Fremont.  He love's 80's rock.


James Gluth - Lead Mechanic

One of our very first and best dressed employees, James grew his love for bicycles early in his youth with BMX.  In fact back in the day you would find him at Red Devil and other places throughout the Tri-Cities pushing the limits of his bike and his tricking.  E-Bkes are his new love.  Ask him about any aspect of e-bikes and he will be happy to tell you everything you need to know.


Adrian - Bicycle Mechanic

A fixed gear rider at heart, Adrian spent most of his high school years showing his friends how to ride wheelies earning him the name "wheelie boy."  Adrian pretty much test rides every bike with wheelies around the parking lot.  His new love is his Harley Davidson cruiser.


Nick - Bicycle Mechanic

Long time Fremont Freewheeler, Nick can be seen all over town on his bike just about every day of the week.  He his an expert with the details of drive trains, gear ratios, and brand compatibility.  He enjoy's drumming when he's not working on bicycles.


Gabe - Bicycle Mechanic/Sales

Gabe is probably the most mellow guy you will ever meet.  He is always willing to help you with mechanical or purchasing needs.  Between working at the store and taking classes at Ohlone, Gabe enjoys music and photography. 


Luke -Bicycle Mechanic

Our newest mechanic and bike builder, Luke helps us keep the floor full.  In his spare time he enjoys video games and riding is Giant Defy. 



Sales Team

Mo - Asst. Sales Manager

The guy with the hair is how Mo is most recognized. He rides all kinds of bikes but prefers riding cross most.  However his 1961 Ford Econoline consumes much of his off hours.  Mo is excellent at setting you up on your ideal bike, help you trade in an old bike, or find the perfect accessory to customize your bike.


Sophia - Sales Associate

Sophia was somehow convinced to work for us by Rachel, one of our former mechanics and managers.  Sophia is very knowledgeable and always cheerful and ready to talk to you about what bicycle would fit your needs and interests.  She also handles most of our instagram and facebook posts.  Let her know if there's something you'd like to see there.  She also loves animals.  Bring your dog to the store and she melts.


Jackson - Sales Associate

Jackson just started his first year at SJSU so he will only be around for vacations and holidays.  He is an avid Lacrosse player and super awesome dude that we miss when he's away.


Zack - Sales Associate/Bicycle Mechanic

Zack also just started his first year at college.  He's at UCSD so he also will not be around much during the school year.  Zach is very handy around bikes.  He is happy to help you find the right fit on a new bike or get an old friend working again.