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 MountainBikes 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.

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

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Foreword by Joe Breeze
1 Epiphany
2 Spidey
3 Humbolt
4 Singlespeeds
5 Marin County Klunkers
6 Repack
7 A Passion for Racing
8 The Most Important Bicycle of the 20th Century
9 The Dirt Bicycle Comes of Age
10 Crested Butte
11 Getting Organized
12 The Word Gets Out
13 The Ritchey Mountain-Bike
14 The First Mountain-Bike
15 Widening the View
16 Mountain-Bikes
17 Fat Tire Flyer
18 NORBA
19 The 1982 Coors Classic
20 The Image
21 The Ride of a Lifetime
22 Mammoth Kamikaze
23 Giro d’Italia
24 After the Flyer
25 Postscript: Some Conclusions
26 Appendix
27 Coda
28 Acknowledgments
29 Credits
30 Index