June 15, 2015

BIKE SHOP AS SOULCRAFT:

Scott Brown goes from Senate to cycle assembly (Casey Conley, 6/14/15, fosters.com)

If you bought a bike from Gus' Bike Shop in North Hampton in the past few months, there's a good chance it was put together by Scott Brown.

The former Republican U.S. senator from Massachusetts started volunteering at the store in December, about a month after narrowly losing the Senate race to Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Since then, Brown has learned the basics of bike maintenance and repair. He's also assembled almost 40 bikes under the guidance of longtime mechanic Dean Merrill.

"Back in December, I came in and said, 'Listen, I don't need a job, I don't need any money, but I've always wanted to learn how to put together and take apart bikes'," Brown said during a recent interview.

Brown is an avid cyclist and tri-athlete who owns a high-end Felt racing bike, but he came in with relatively little experience in bike repair. He's starting to feel more confident and he's served as the on-site bike mechanic for recent cycling events in Rye.

"I kind of like it. It gets me out of the house and it gets me doing different things," he said.

During a recent visit to Gus' Bike Shop on Lafayette Road, Brown took a break from truing a bike wheel to discuss presidential politics, the New Hampshire primary, Congressman Frank Guinta's illegal campaign contributions and his plans for the future.

No one will miss jobs.
Posted by at June 15, 2015 8:42 PM
  

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