The Southern Exposure: Bike Man

The Southern Exposure: Bike Man

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Driving north on Hickory Street, not far from the north edge of Du Quoin, one will spot on the east side of the street an old dilapidated house dominated by bicycles piled on and in front of the front porch. And, there are more bicycles in the backyard surrounded by a wood fence.

The house belongs to Bruce Brown, who buys, sells and repairs used bicycles. He is disabled and does the business more as something to do and to help provide bicycles for local children.

Brown is gruff and opinionated, but those who know him are quick to say that he is a good man and will tell you that Brown goes out of his way to give of himself to others, especially children. Brown works on the bikes in afternoons, either sitting on the front porch or in the front yard.

All the while he works he usually has an audience, mostly of area kids, who come by to either get their bikes repaired or to just watch Brown work and listen to him talk. 


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