mountains + bikes
June 10, 2020 1:57 PM Subscribe
It started innocuously enough. A motorcyclist turned bikie discovered the old dirt road west of Fairfax, Marin County, in the early ‘70s. He and his buddies would ride or push their 1930s or ‘40s ballooners to the top of the ridge for the downhill thrill. The road plummeted 1300 feet in less than 2.1 miles. On the twisting, sometimes precipitous decent, the bikes’ antiquated hub coaster brakes would get so hot that the grease would vaporize. After a run or two, the hub had to be repacked with new grease (thus the term “Repack”)Joe Breeze recounts the beginning of people taking cheap bikes down forest roads on the Marin Peninsula, and what would become 'mountain biking,' for the Marin Museum of Bicycling.
Racing klunkers on Repack Road
Riding Repack with Charlie Kelly, see Charlie Kelly's website for more history [previously]
more at Mountain Bike Roots
Crested Butte klunkers, in Colorado, has it's own share of mountain bike history. So does British Columbia.
The Roots of Dirt: How Mountain Bikes Went From Clunkers to Global Phenomenon
of course, more at Sheldon Brown's site
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