Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking by Charlie Kelly


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Charlie Kelly is a good friend of Singletrack. He occasionally visits our little valley, to test our beer and ride bikes. Here is a link to what happened last time. And you will find an interview down below.

This chunky book is so incredibly informative, and really takes you back to the genesis of our fairly young sport. A stand out is the original hand drawn “Repack” race posters.

Right now I am not happy with this product description. I shall go home, open a beer, grab my own copy, and be back with fine pictures and words. Charlie Hobbs

The official blurb is… 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, organiser 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.



  • Author: Charlie Kelly
  • No of Pages: 264
  • Page Size: 280 x 240 mm
  • Published Date: October 2014
  • Edition: 1st ed, Oct 2014
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Illustrations: full colour photos
  • Weight: 1750g


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