MASON CITY — Trevor Brinson Jr. is back on the road again, powered by the generosity of North Iowans.
Brinson, who is well-known for spending his free time biking around Mason City and volunteering for Mohawks baseball and basketball teams, had his silver Diamondback bicycle stolen from a South Federal Avenue gas station Sunday by an unknown black male. The mountain bike has not been recovered.
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After the Globe Gazette published an article Friday about Brinson’s situation, a number of readers contacted the newspaper, offering money and to loan their own bikes until Brinson could get a new one.
“This makes me so sad,” one reader commented on the Globe Gazette’s Facebook page after reading Friday’s article. “I’ve seen Trevor riding around town for years, and he always smiles and waves.”
Brinson was smiling again as he picked out new wheels — a matte black and red Trek Marlin 7 — Saturday afternoon at Wayne’s Ski & Cycle.
“I like the color on this one — Mohawks colors,” he said after taking it for a test ride.
The mountain bike, maintenance, a sturdy lock and other accessories were fully covered by more than $1,000 in donations. Wayne’s Ski & Cycle also provided a discount.
So many donations came in — with some people even offering to buy Brinson a bike themselves — head Mohawks baseball coach Troy Rood had to turn some of them down.
“It’s a pride for the community, how we care for each other,” Rood said.
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Brinson said it felt good that so many current and former North Iowans wanted to help him.
“I was really shocked and blessed that people would do that,” he said of the donations. “It means a lot to me than you would ever know.”
Mohawks junior Jake Rood, the coach’s son who plays third base, said the outpouring of support was overwhelming.
“Every 20 minutes someone was stopping at our house to give money,” he said. “It was crazy.”
Brinson — and his bike, stashed in the clubhouse — have been an integral part of Mohawks baseball for as long as Jake Rood can remember. Brinson has served as its manager for nearly a decade, assisting with drinks and equipment.
“He’s so nice and caring, and is a great guy,” Jake Rood said.
The team plans to assist with Brinson’s bike maintenance costs in the future, as the bike is his main means of transportation.
Wayne’s Ski & Cycle owner Matt Curtis said this summer has been the worst he’s seen for bike thefts.
“It’s nice to see something good come out of it,” he said.
Between shifts at Rib Crib, Brinson planned to ride this weekend on a loaner from the bike shop. His new bike, which he plans to keep locked up or indoors, will arrive by Thursday.