Local members of the Golden Isles Chain Gang will take part in the annual Bike MS ride Oct. 22. They’re currently accepting donations for the fundraiser. Dan Bien has logged in a lot of hours on a road — not in a car, but on his bike. The Brunswick resident first started cycling about 35 years ago when he was working as a state trooper in New York.
“I used to mountain bike on the weekends. But then I wanted to ride more, so got into road cycling,” he said.
And boy did he. When he couldn’t cycle outdoors, he opted to pedal inside, eventually becoming certified to teach cycling classes. (Today, he’s an instructor at Bailey’s Gym on Altama Avenue in Brunswick.) 300×250 image ad On the road, however, Bien has ridden in more than 10 century rides, which total 100 miles each. He’s done plenty of other tours as well but most of them have a common theme — charity.
“Basically, any benefit ride,” he said.
His draw to giving back is typical for him. Not only did he serve as a state trooper, Bien is also retired from the United States Marine Corp. He later joined the National Guard as a tanker.
“I served in Iraq as an Infantry … First Sergeant and in Afghanistan as a Battalion Command Sergeant Major,” he said.
He currently works at FLETC, which is what brought him to the Golden Isles. That’s where he linked up with the Golden Isles Chain Gang (GICG) — a group […]