In the games
If the player visits the Cycle Shop upon first visiting Eterna City, Rad is nowhere to be seen. He can be found arguing with Team Galactic, campaigning them to return Pokémon that have been stolen from Eterna's Trainers (including his own Clefairy).
After the player has earned the Forest Badge, he or she can use HM01 (Cut) to get past the barricade of trees at the entrance to the Galactic Eterna Building. Once the Galactic Grunts, Scientists, and Commander Jupiter have been defeated, all the Pokémon are returned to their Trainers.
As an act of gratitude, Rad will reward the player with a free Bicycle from his shop. If spoken with again, he will repeat the instructions for using the different gears of the Bicycle.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Rad Rickshaw first appears in Ring Around the Roserade (II), when Cynthia frees him from the Galactic Grunts that were keeping him tied in the Galactic Eterna Building. She cuts the ropes using Tru's Razor Leaf that her Spiritomb kept by using Psychic. After being freed, he notices that there is rice covering the leaves (spat by Dia on Tru's back), and identifies it as being from Twinleaf Town. After Lady Berlitz gets her Forest Badge, Rad appears to the Sinnoh Pokédex holders believing they were the ones who saved him and sends them three Bicycles as a token of gratitude.
Later in Cautious Clefairy, Mr. Fuego asks Pearl to deliver some nuts and bolts ordered by Rad Rickshaw. Pearl decides to use the opportunity to understand Team Galactic's intentions on kidnapping him back then. Arriving at Eterna City, he gets attacked by two Clefairy but, before hitting them back, Rad appears to stop him. He tells that the reason of his kidnapping was probably his Pokémon, Cliff and Cliffette, since the Clefairy are said to have come from the moon and he thinks they were collecting anything related to space. Pearl explains about his plan on preventing the release of the Galactic Bomb, and Rad decides to go with him on a tandem bike to make him arrive faster at Lake Valor.
On their way, he tells Pearl about the Ancient Statue in Eterna City, and how he was interrogated about it by Team Galactic, since its history is well-known by the Rickshaw family. Upon arriving, Pearl bids farewell and goes to the center of the Lake, leaving Rad Rickshaw only to be attacked by Saturn's Octillery, being taken hostage again by Team Galactic. The Galactic Bomb explodes, but Rad is saved by Cliff and Cliffette. When he wakes up, he finds Pearl fallen in the middle of the Lake but doesn't know if he must chase the villains or help Pearl. To solve his confusion, Crasher Wake appears before him, making Rad overjoyed for seeing his idol. Later in VS. Grimer, he gives Pearl a repaired Bicycle for him to go after Team Galactic.
| Rad Rickshaw owns two Clefairy nicknamed Cliff (Jp: ピッピりん Pippirin) and Cliffette (Jp: ピッピらん Pippiran).
Cliff and Cliffette's only known move is Lucky Chant.
|Japanese||じてんしゃ じんりき Jitensha Jinriki||Means "human bicycle", possibly a nickname derived from his activities|
|English, French||Rad Rickshaw||From rad and rickshaw, a vehicle similar to a bicycle|
|German||Radl Rainer||From rad|
|Italian||Gigi Manubrio||From "manubrio", meaning handlebar|
|Spanish||Pepe Volata||From pep|
|This game character article is part of Project CharacterDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each character found in the Pokémon games.|