Scotty Brown himself is the man behind the brand name. Back in 1993, a young Scotty started his luck at being a bicycle shop owner. He said he started a bike shop because at age 18, he was cocky enough to think he could do it better than what was already around. And at the time no one in New Zealand was really bringing the pro peloton products into the country. It was hard to buy cycle racing kit back then and race pedigree bikes. So, young and passionate Scotty started the shop.
Scotty grew up on Blenheim road in Christchurch and started cycling when he was about 12 years old. His passion for cycling started when he got his first bike for Christmas, it was a sparkly blue Morrison, from there, the seed was planted. Scotty’s passion really developed when he got into the Track cycling development program in intermediate school. He says he wasn’t a natural but had the motivation to never give up. Track cycling soon became something that he aspired to be successful at. “This got me into cycling in a big way, following pro cycling, reading about it, talking about it. I was hooked.”
Scotty is a road biker through and through, but as a bike shop owner has moved with the times and does a fair share of mountain biking as well. He loves the Carrera SL’s for his road bike choice and currently rides a Scott Spark RC 900 cross country bike. One of the greatest spectacles of the Scotty Browns Bike Emporium is Scotty’s inspiring and impressive antique bike collection. His favourite being the Le Mond steel Z-team. If you have never been in the shop, a browse through his cycling museum is worth a visit.
When Scotty isn’t on his bike or at the shop he enjoys hanging with his two young boys, mowing the lawn, or playing with EPIC cars. As many of you know, Scotty is rather in love with fast, flash and rare automobiles, especially 911’s. He also says he loves anything beautiful because beauty is inspiring.
Scotty Brown is not a shy character and many of us know him for his outgoing and fun-loving character. But a few things you may not know about Scotty is that he was in a cycling accident when he was 13 and has a rather large scar on his leg from the accident. This has made him a huge advocate for safety. “Always have lights on your bike and wear a helmet!” he says.
If you ask Scotty what he loves most about owning a bike shop, the first thing he will tell you is that he loves sharing his extreme passion not only for cycling, but for people, and service all in one. He loves employing awesome people and making a difference in their lives. And being able to build relationships with people in the community and the bike industry from the world over. Most of all he loves building the culture of cycling and being an influential brand.