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Gary Fisher's Existential Words

Old 10-19-17, 01:20 PM
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Gary Fisher's Existential Words

"Mountain biking: Why do we do it?

We are away from the cops, the cars and the concrete.
We dip into the endorphin pool.
We have uninterrupted time with our buds.
We get way out in the woods, ripping and tearing, air time, riding the natural rollercoaster to quiet places we have never been.

This is how it is and how itís always been. Itís about self-sufficiency, your own power and your machine. Learn more about them and you are a free bird."
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Old 10-19-17, 01:22 PM
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Old 10-19-17, 01:24 PM
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right on
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Old 10-19-17, 01:51 PM
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I wish the founders of bike companies would stick to designing bikes and building businesses and leave philosophy to actual philosophers.

At a minimum, I wish they would stop telling us how and why we do things.
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Old 10-19-17, 04:43 PM
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Aww c'mon, its GF. He was a biker, not just a manufacturer, and has earned a right to express how he feels about biking. Not that I like the guy or anything
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Old 10-19-17, 06:12 PM
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Like, wow. That's deep. Puff, puff, give.
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Old 10-19-17, 07:19 PM
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With Fisher’s cred in the mtb world as well as road wares, he gets to voice his reasons. He is one of the pioneers in the industry and he is a cyclist to the core. He simply states why he thrived on the old schol Repack type of the origins of mtb much as Joe Breeze has done at times.

I didn’t think he was using his bikes, or riding preferences to influence anyone. But, that is each person’s own interpretation of what is written/said.

Bill

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Old 10-19-17, 07:29 PM
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I had the privilege of meeting him at the opening of the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area in Detroit Lakes, MN. I have a picture of him with my grandkids as he prepared to lead a youth ride. Nice guy.
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Nothing he said was particularly deep, particularly different, or particularly inspiring.

On the other hand, it is interesting to know that one of the tiny handful of people who brought/started MTB int eh US talks and thinks like a stoner.

Nothing against him for saying some stuff .... and glad he did what he did for the bike industry.
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Old 10-19-17, 08:08 PM
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Great mustache and a funny dresser, but a good man all around. Most of the crowd that were the genesis of mtb were from the area around San Francisco and were pretty laid back until they straddled one of their homemade bikes that signaled the whole thing. Joe Breeze and the whole Repack group were as crazy as possible but lived and breathed building and riding the mtb they originated.

One of them is a regular in the C&V Forum, and regularly posts some great pictorial reminisces about the scene there. Very good reading for those interested in history of cycling.

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This thread needs pics.
Own a '91 SuperCaliber.
Color me a fan.
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Fishers words are part of a forward in a new bike book (Complete Mountain Bike Maintenance by Mike Davis) I was looking through. I just thought they resonated; the freedom of a bike in a world of diminishing freedoms.
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Old 10-23-17, 05:40 AM
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Pictures were cool. Replies were the usual bicycle BS.

Funny how a guy became famous for just doing what we did as kids.
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Originally Posted by PaddleFoot View Post
Funny how a guy became famous for just doing what we did as kids.

AND so much more.
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G. Fisher = more than 'just' a mountain biker.

Ran across this pic on the Della Santa website.
Roland DS just inside Gary.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I wish the founders of bike companies would stick to designing bikes and building businesses and leave philosophy to actual philosophers.

At a minimum, I wish they would stop telling us how and why we do things.
Hia comments dont seem any more excessive than what posters here type all the time.
Hardly seems like those words rise to the level of your complaint.

Lighten up?
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