UP bike shop owner killed in traffic accident

Steven Pringle, the 57-year-old owner of Build a Bicycle – Bicycle Therapy in the UP city of Kingsford who was not too long ago profiled in the Detroit Free Press, was killed in a automobile crash in Punta Gorda , in Florida, on November 23.

He had been there that day to distribute free bicycles to youngsters displaced by Hurricane Ian in September. And so his final gesture summed up the aim of his life.

The story in the Free Press, which was printed on November 6, adopted him on a two-day frenzy of impulses and random generosity that ended with the police being known as for doing horse driving in downtown Iron Mountain.

Steven Pringle, owner of Build a Bicycle - Bicycle Therapy, offers three bicycles as donations to surprise nuns at the Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Cross in Iron Mountain on Friday, July 29, 2022. Years ago, as he stood debated, Pringle wrote to the nuns asking for their prayers, and since then he has been trying to return the favor by bringing unexpected gifts.

He was born and raised in Marquette, joined the military, served in Lebanon in the 80s, returned to Michigan, grew to become a automobile salesman and finally had his personal automobile dealership.

But he fell on laborious occasions and misplaced every little thing. Just a few years in the past, when he was down on his luck and dwelling in an outdated RV, he had an epiphany one night time that led him to begin a bike restore enterprise in the only real goal of giving struggling veterans one thing to distract from their issues for some time. whereas. “Cyclotherapy”, he known as it. Somehow it become an actual bike shop. And although he continued to offer away bikes at no cost regardless of everybody’s recommendation to cease doing so, the shop inexplicably continued to be extra profitable.

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