"It was so much fun. It felt like teaching my little child how to ride," Brown said. "Mike was so happy, you could not get the smile off his face."
"When Mike rides around the city, people seem to be weirded out a bit," Rhodes said, "They do not seem to know quite what to make of it."
These days, Trimble gets out on his new bicycle a great deal, mostly late at night. A resident of Munhall, he works from 2 to 10 p.m. as a quality assurance specialist for Alpine Access, a work-from-home customer service company.
He does almost everything with his feet: He types on his computer with his feet, cuts his hair with his feet and even makes almond milk in his Vitamix blender with the help of his feet. He also produces video clips of himself and posts them on YouTube.
For his impressive job performance, Alpine Access promoted him recently and, for one of his inspiring videos, he won the Work from Home Contest.
Trimble's dream is to become a motivational speaker or enter politics. "I would like to inspire others and show that despite insurmountable odds, anything can be achieved if you have the will and fight for it," he said.
Trimble treats cycling as, first, simply "a way for me to get outdoors more often." But it's also a way to become more independent and reach new goals. Recently, Trimble covered 10 miles in one day. He keeps track of his progress with the help of Ride Tracker, an app he downloaded on his iPhone. Finally, he has been able to climb to the top of Interboro Avenue in Munhall, his long-term challenge.
A few days after Trimble got his bicycle, he went for a night ride - and crashed into a Munhall police car. With an officer in it. The policeman got out and suspiciously asked whether he was drunk. "No, I am not," Trimble, a teetotaler, declared. The officer observed that Trimble on his bike was the most amazing thing he had ever seen.
Trimble remains deeply grateful to Brown for making his dream become real. The price was right, too: $125. "I thought it was going to be more expensive," said Trimble. "So I didn't quibble. He let me off easy."
Building custom bicycles has been Michael Brown's calling his entire life. In his early 20s, when Brown was racing and became his own mechanic, he started building custom wheels. People kept asking him about custom wheels for their bicycles, and he started working out of his apartment in South Park. A customer from Puerto Rico crowned him "Maestro."
Brown opened a storefront in Bethel Park called, appropriately, Maestro Cycles. Back then, Brown was working with high-end bicycles, such as Colnago, De Rosa and Eddy Merckx. Even when he had jobs that had nothing to do with bicycles, he never fully abandoned cycling and remained a cycling coach.
In 2011, Brown wanted to get back to building bicycles and start his own business. After apprenticing with a master frame builder in Boston for 10 weeks, he came back and opened up Maestro Frameworks on Federal Street near Allegheny General Hospital.
Brown's shop has been open for about 22 months and his creations are rolling all across the country now: Washington, D.C., Salt Lake City, Westchester County in New York. But 85 percent of his business is locally based, and everything is done in Brown's shop except for painting, though that's on the horizon.
He hopes that one day Maestro Frameworks becomes a sustainable business and his only job. He would like to employ a few people, which would allow him to help more people who cannot ride because they are not able to find bicycles that feel and fit right.
"My belief is that anyone can ride a bicycle and anything can be modified for people to meet their needs," Brown said. "This is why I do what I do. I didn't go out of my way to look for this market, but people keep finding me to do custom things that nobody else would touch."