Best Of 2015: Bike Shop

John Crandall started Old Town back in 1976, and says that running a bike shop is more exciting than you might think. Take the time about six years ago when a guy stole a bike and rode off. An employee grabbed another bike, chased and tackled the crook, and then an off-duty police officer who witnessed the takedown arrested the thief on the spot. There was also what Crandall calls the "Ted Bundy Case." The guy in question was polite and handsome and looked at bikes for about a month before taking three and leaving a hot check. He ended up getting caught with the bikes and a stolen Porsche in Memphis, and serving time in prison. Still, Crandall says with a laugh, he showed up at Old Town about two years ago "as if nothing had ever happened." Excitement aside, Crandall says he just loves helping people find their next bike, and the shop is willing to go the extra mile to make that happen. You know, as long as you pay for it. — J. Adrian Stanley


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