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Old 01-10-23, 07:54 PM
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Before there were mountain bike magazines, there were articles about mountain biking in other publications. I have the most comprehensive collection of early mountain bike articles. Even though little of it dates from later than 1990, it fills a room at the Marin Museum of Bicycling/Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.

I spend my time at the museum scanning articles. I invite all C&V mountain bikers to remotely rummage through my files with me. I add new (old) material all the time.

https://fattireflyer.com/
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Fantastic, thank you
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What an awesome resource. Perfect reading for sitting around getting fat in winter.

For any of you who don't know, Charlie is the real deal. Nobody else can claim such an all-encompassing immersion in the earliest world of mountain bikes — or "MountainBikes", the name of the company where he worked with Gary Fisher to sell some of the world's first real MTBs. Way back then, he was publisher of Fat Tire Flyer, the incomparable early MTB magazine.

More recently, he "wrote the book" on the birth of MTBs, literally, it's called Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking. Fantastic book. You aren't a real mountain biker unless you own this book, so go buy it now. It's a ton of fun.

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We are blessed on this Forum to have the participation of many standouts from the cycling universe. Their contributions are the spice for many old-time regulars.

Cheers to you each and all!

edit - Though not a mountain biker, I own Charlie's books. My hardtail G Fisher Supercalber (original owner, original components) will be around for my good use. Always wanted to laugh with the man. Hahaha.

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This is so awesome! Thank you
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Wow! What an amazing resource! Iíll be spending a lot of time scrolling the articles. Repack Rider Well done!
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Originally Posted by bulgie View Post
What an awesome resource. Perfect reading for sitting around getting fat in winter.

For any of you who don't know, Charlie is the real deal. Nobody else can claim such an all-encompassing immersion in the earliest world of mountain bikes ó or "MountainBikes", the name of the company where he worked with Gary Fisher to sell some of the world's first real MTBs. Way back then, he was publisher of Fat Tire Flyer, the incomparable early MTB magazine.

More recently, he "wrote the book" on the birth of MTBs, literally, it's called Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking. Fantastic book. You aren't a real mountain biker unless you own this book, so go buy it now. It's a ton of fun.

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Mark -

Thanks for sharing this additional background. As an owner of 2 Fisher "MountainBikes" I've been wanting to learn more about the earlier history and have already ordered the book.

Charlie -

Thanks for sharing the articles!

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So is this the motorcycle legend Craig Vetter?
https://fattireflyer.com/2023/01/05/...ne-april-1984/
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