i used to ride a brave warrior in college. traded in my grove innovations assault for it. i think i had the brave for about two years before selliing to a friend. he pretty much hounded me every week about it...even though it was likely too big for him. by that time i had moved to the beach, about 100 miles from anything resembling a hill, and all i was doing was riding 20 mile loops around the island. (of course, i still appreciated the bike over every mile.) so i sold it to him. eventually we lost touch and i havent seen or heard anything about him or the bike in at least 10 years.
several months ago i decided to find out what happened to it. wasnt able to find him with the internet, but i did find his parents. decided i'd give a call. we talked briefly and i asked her to pass along my contact info and that i was interested in the bike. she paused and told me that it had been stolen from the bike room of his condo in chicago.
even if he wouldnt sell it back to me, i was hoping to meet so i could take it for one more ride. i didn't even own the bike, but the thought of it being stolen and trashed or parted out was quite hard to accept. as i keep seeing stolen bikes turing up on ebay, i often think of that conversation. the brave had an experimental/test paintwork which i don't believe was ever used on another grove product. it was somewhat subdued for that era and i think it would still look pretty good today and be very easy to identify.
wish i had taken some pics.
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