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The History of Mountain Biking

Repak The First Downhill Time-Trial Race 1976

Alan Bond's Personal Web Site

Alan Bonds won the First Repack downhill mountain bike race in October 1976 as has been an integral part of the Marin Fat Tire mountain bike scene ever since. Clunker' provides a wonderful look at the history of mountain bikes.

Charlie Kelly's Personal Web Site

Charlie Kelly was the Co- Founder of the Repack Off-Road Downhill Race series with roommate Gary Fisher. He founded "Mountainbikes" with Tom Ritchey and Gary Fisher which was the first place to sell Mountain Bikes. He also founded "The Fat Tire Flyer"- The first Mountain Bike magazine. Charlie Kelly was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1988. His personal web site is full of images and stories about the history of Mountain Biking. Enjoy!

Fat Tire Flyer Magazine Covers

A photo journal created by Charlie Kelly that shows all of magazine covers of the Fat Tire Flyer. The Fat Tire Flyer was the first publication produced specifically for mountain bikers and was in print from 1980 - 1987.

First Flight Bikes

Is a full service bicycle shop located in Statesville, North Carolina that specializes in the sale service and repair of vintage bikes. First Flight is home to MOMBAT- The museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology. The museum sections of their web site features a collection of vintage bikes and parts from the 1860's to the present.

Joe Breeze and the History Breezer Mountain Bikes

Joe Breeze is best known as the designer-builder of the first successful modern mountain bike... Breezer Bikes were the first all-new bikes built with rugged frames specifically for mountain biking (1977 and 1978).


Billy Savage's personal web site featuring the documentary film "Klunkerz" which showcases the origination of mountain biking in Northern California. Using archival footage, still photographs and interviews he tells the story of the earliest days of mountain biking from the perspective of those that were there. 


The Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology traces the history of mountain biking from Klunkers to Carbon!

Mountain Biking Roots

A web site featuring photographs by Erik Gordon Bainbridge of the first generation of Mountain Biking.

Old Mountain Bikes

Information and resource site for old mountain bikes focusing on early mountain bikes produced by Tom Ritchey entitled "The Ritchey Project" who's goal is to help collectors more easily identify their bikes. 

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