Sam Braxton of Missoula Montana, was a
skier, bicyclist and outdoorsman...as well as an eccentric bike
shop proprietor who established himself as a touring bike guru.
"...the Braxtons spent more than a decade helping others who were
realizing their TransAmerica dreams, as Missoula's Braxton Bike Shop
became one of the most popular watering holes along the Trail. Sam quickly
became known as an expert wheelbuilder and framebuilder, sharing his
extensive knowledge of bicycle touring with Adventure Cycling members in
"Bike Stop," a column written by former publications director Gary
MacFadden (now executive director) for BikeReport magazine (as Adventure
Cyclist was formerly known)."
"In 1988, Sam Braxton died at the age of 62 after
battling cancer for a year."