Fat Tire Flyer

Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking

Charlie Kelly

It all started with a small crew of bicycle-obsessed hippies bombing the downhill trails of Mount Tamalpais, in Marin County, California. As the friendly competition intensified on the steep dirt trail they called Repack, history’s first mountain bikers began craving an upgrade from the old Schwinn cruisers they had rescued from the junkyard. With the single-minded focus found only among the truly obsessed, this rag-tag group sparked a rapid evolution that transformed the castoff Repack bomber into the modern mountain bike, a refined and elegant machine that quickly became the top-selling bicycle in the world.

Charlie Kelly — co-founder of the MountainBike company with Gary Fisher, organizer of the Repack races, and chronicler of the sport — now delivers the true, complete, and often unbelievable history of the rise of mountain biking and its lasting culture. Rich with first-hand descriptions and bursting with original photographs, drawings, and memorabilia, Fat Tire Flyer is the definitive history of one of the most significant inventions of the 20th century.

Hardcover with jacket. Full-color photographs throughout.
11″ x 9 1/2″, 264 pp., $29.95, 9781937715168

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See the table of contents 

Introduction: Up On Two Wheels

1. Picking Up Speed
2. Bike Central
3. One Speed, One Brake
4. Gearing Up
5. The Birth of Repack
6. Setting Records
7. Debut of the Breezer
8. Coming of Age
9. Crested Butte to Aspen
10. A Growing Movement
11. Outside Makes it Official
12. A Clunker No More
13. Becoming a Business
14. Expanding the Scene
15. Fat Tire Flyer
16. Specialized Steps In
17. End of the Adventure
18. After the Flyer
19. Hall of Fame

Epilogue: You Make Your Own Luck