Updated: 11:33 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 | Posted: 11:32 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

Cyclist looks forward to spring bike rides


Cyclist looks forward to spring bike rides photo
Cyclist Chris Brown of Oakwood stops at Deeds Point. Contributed photo

By Dale Huffman


When the more winter-like weather began, Christopher “Chris” Brown put his bicycle away, but he misses his regular biking activity. He looks forward to spring and his position as bikeway director for the Dayton Cycling Club, a position he has held for nine years.

Brown, who is in his mid-40s and lives in Oakwood, has been an avid biker all his adult life.

“Not only is it good for exercise and fitness, I really enjoy exploring on my bicycle. I spend much of my time helping police on the bike paths of the area. But when I am not doing that I enjoy taking bike rides to places I’ve never explored before.”

I have known Brown since he was a toddler, when his late father Richard Brown, an assistant city editor at the Dayton Daily News, and his mom, Patterson “Pat” Brown, invited me to be his godfather.

Chris has an impish sense of humor and that is reflected in the first gift he gave me when he was in kindergarten at Harman Elementary School.

Chris explained later, “I was aware that a typist-writer must use his thumb extensively when hitting the space bar. So one day when we were given a chance to make things from clay, I made a ball, stuck my thumb in the middle of it, and in a flourish of artistic observation declared the piece finished, needing no further embellishment.”

He called it a “thumb rest” and I have kept and treasured the unusual gift all these years.

Chris has had a number of jobs throughout the years and currently works for a company in Fairborn, and commutes to work from Oakwood on his bike when the weather permits. He rode a Schwinn Suburban until 2000 when he purchased a Trek 520. That also was the year he joined the Dayton Cycling Club.

When Five Rivers MetroParks organized a volunteer bicycle patrol program in 2001, Chris was interested.

The program is called the MetroParks Volunteer Patrol and has grown to include about 37 bikers, 20 mounted horseback patrol members, and some 20 hiking MVPs, as well.

Among other things, members of the group keep an eye on the Kay Station park, located along the bikeway in West Carrollton, a resting place for those who use the bike path that was built in honor of my mother, Kay Huffman.


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