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    Mountain Biker found dead at Brady's Run

    I knew this guy back in the day. He was a couple years older than me when we moved to the neighborhood back in the early 80's. Back then everybody had their K Mart BMX bikes and we had a spot in the woods nearby with some jumps, berms, etc where everybody would get together & spend the day bashing around on their bikes, racing, etc. No video games, no internet ,no helmets, just kids on bikes having fun.

    R.I.P Bobby.


    Published: Sunday, August 23, 2009 11:29 PM EDT
    BRIGHTON TWP. — A mountain biker was killed near Bradys Run Park Sunday afternoon, apparently when he lost control while riding down a steep hill.

    Brighton Township police Chief Howard Blinn said the body of Robert G. Anderson, 44, was found near Beacom Drive and Brady Ridge Road, just outside the county-owned park, around 3:15 p.m. A jogger made the discovery and contacted police, who said it appeared Anderson had been thrown from his bicycle and struck a rock with his head.

    “He had a severe laceration between his right eye and his right temple,” Blinn said, adding that the Beaver County Coroner’s office had not yet made a determination of the cause of Anderson’s death. “He was wearing a helmet, but it looked like the cut was just underneath it.”

    Anderson, of Long Island, Maine, had brought his 6-year-old daughter to Beaver County to visit his mother, New Brighton resident Betty Anderson; he left them at a playground in Bradys Run around 1:30 p.m. while he took a ride on a trail in and around the park, Blinn said.

    “It appeared to our officers that he lost control while coming down a steep hill and struck something,” Blinn said. “It appeared that he was thrown forward from the bike.”

    Anderson wasn’t carrying a wallet, but police were able to contact family by using the cell phone he had with him.

    Betty Anderson could not be reached on Sunday.

    Michael Pound can be reached online at [email protected].
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    I read that earlier this morning. I ride Brady's regularly and can't believe this happened there.

    RIP, thoughts and prayers to the family.
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    Wow, you hear reports all the time about cyclist on the road getting taken out, but rarely on the trail does it become lethal.
    I'm very sad for his daughter.

    I had a pretty gnarly crash yesterday, riding alone, I only have a stiff neck and a lump on my shin today....I give thanks everyday for another day of life. I hate to imagine my girls growing up without me there.

    Let's be careful out there folks.

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    Just awful! That poor girl and her family....RIP

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    Absolutely heartbreaking...condolences to the family.

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    Yeah, that's really, really sad. I've been thinking about this a lot lately. My heart aches for his family and friends.

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    I was thinking it might be a nice gesture to rename a trail after him up there. Anyone have any ideas to get the ball rolling on this?
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    Always leave a final message

    Life is fleeting folks. Stories like this remind us to always let people know with a message or note of our location and a simple I love u.

    Ride this life without fear or hesitation by keeping those wheels rolling.

    RIP RGA

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    He told me stories about this time.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13
    I knew this guy back in the day. He was a couple years older than me when we moved to the neighborhood back in the early 80's. Back then everybody had their K Mart BMX bikes and we had a spot in the woods nearby with some jumps, berms, etc where everybody would get together & spend the day bashing around on their bikes, racing, etc. No video games, no internet ,no helmets, just kids on bikes having fun.
    Jeff and All:

    Robert was a dear friend both on and off the bike. He talked about living on a hill and roaming all day with the neighbor kids on BMXs and dirt bikes. Talked about a neighbor's farm. He spoke of these times with a smile and a laugh. He went home to revisit that place and the feelings of riding there. He lived life fully everyday. Cycling - MTB, 'cross, and road - and just towing his daughter on her trail-a-bike - were all paths to his joy and salvation. He had so many pretty bikes.

    If you guys name a trail for him, I think he would smile and laugh. Ride it with joy, ride it hard!

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    Wow thanks for posting Julibird. It's good to know that he had such fond memories of growing up here. I recently moved back to the old neighborhood and one of the first things I did was to ride up to the old trails & see if anything was still there. Unfortunately it's all been reclaimed by nature but I was thrilled to find so much quality riding nearby, like Brady's Run.

    I have no doubt that Bobby was having the time of his life when he had his accident and was grinning from ear to ear like I was the first time I rode there. I only hope that when my time comes some unfortunate hiker finds me in the woods, still clipped in, half empty camelbak on my back, cliff bar wrappers in my pocket and the remnants of a smile left on my face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13
    I only hope that when my time comes some unfortunate hiker finds me in the woods, still clipped in, half empty camelbak on my back, cliff bar wrappers in my pocket and the remnants of a smile left on my face.
    As morbid as it sounds, I feel the exact same way.
    Godspeed, Bobby.

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    I had a chance to get out this morning and ride Brady's. I found the spot where Bobby had his accident. For those who know the trail the spot is at the bottom of the downhill run where the narrow wooden bridge crosses the stream. It looks like his family went out & planted some roses there. I scribed his name onto an old railroad tie at the spot. It's a very beautiful, peaceful place. I took some cell phone pictures that didn't turn out. I'll take my good camera next trip.



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    Jeff -

    It gives me peace to know this about that place. Thank you for sharing that experience and I know he would have liked that carving - it sounds like you and he are the same kids that you always were. check your private messages when you get a chance.

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    I took some pictures of the accident scene. The full album can be viewed at the link below.

    https://outdoors.webshots.com/album/574515550ccEuYY

    <a href="https://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2443568140091916927zVHqvE"><img src="https://inlinethumb48.webshots.com/43887/2443568140091916927S500x500Q85.jpg" alt="IMG_0001"></a>
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