Three times Chris Brown tried to give away a box filled with bicycle-related odds and ends he had collected.
There were pictures and articles he had found or that had been given to him by customers and friends. There was even a trophy from the 1920s that a customer’s grandfather had won in a bicycle sprint.
“I’m interested in it and they want to share their stories, I guess,” said Brown, owner of Brown Cycles while sitting in his store downtown.
He thought all those things in the box could be used to create a book and “I wanted to read it,” he said.
But three times he got the box back from potential authors.
Then one night during a stay at a hotel he realized he could organize the items in the box by decade. His mind began switching gears and soon he was on a trail of