SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Luis Valerio, a growth technician at Ibis Cycles, died lately of COVID-19 after spending 26 days within the hospital.
Valerio helped handbuild Ibis carbon fiber prototypes and manufacturing frames. House owners of Ibis’s U.S.-made Ripley LS frames will discover a serial code that begins with RAL on their frames. RAL are the initials of Ibis designer and co-owner Roxy Lo and in addition stood for “Ruben and Luis,” who constructed every body — Ruben being Ruben Reyes, a pal and co-worker of Valerio for over 30 years.
The 2 labored collectively beforehand at Kestrel, and have been employed collectively to come back to Ibis by Preston Sandusky, an Ibis senior engineer and former co-owner of Kestrel, Saris Mercanti, Ibis’s advertising supervisor, instructed BRAIN
“Luis Valerio was one of many unsung heroes of Ibis’s Carbon 831 Lab. With over 30 years of expertise working with carbon fiber layups, he supplied eager perception into the strategies that would assist enhance manufacturing speeds and consistency. He was a grasp of the craft,” the corporate mentioned in an Instagram publish.
In addition to constructing bikes, Valerio loved restoring automobiles, together with his Chevy Impala, a show-winner that options chromed and engraved components all through. Ibis included pictures of the Impala on the Instagram publish.
“He was an artist, a craftsman, a jokester, a household man, and our beloved pal and coworker,” the corporate mentioned on Instagram. “The final bike Luis constructed was a small Ripley LS for his spouse. He had been spending time after-hours sanding and making ready the body, and we have been serving to him piece it collectively. It is becoming that the very last thing he did was for another person. That is who he was.”
Mercanti mentioned Valerio contracted COVID-19 over the vacation break when Ibis was closed. He took a COVID-19 check a couple of days earlier than the manufacturing facility re-opened and entered the hospital a couple of days later. Mercanti mentioned that as a result of he contracted the virus over the break he was by no means in touch with different Ibis staff.
Members of Valerio’s household are nonetheless battling COVID-19 and mates have launched a crowd-funding marketing campaign to assist. Extra data at gofundme.com/f/luis-valerio.