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    '70s Colnago

    50 years ago I had a 1971 Colnago. My uncle, who is 15 years older, figured that if I had one, they must be nice bikes, so he bought one a few years later. Then he put a book rack and clincher tires on it. In 1979 he was also the first customer for Gary Fisher and me, in our company called...
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    45th anniversary coming up

    On October 21, 1976 I agreed to help a few friends settle an argument as to who was the fastest downhill rider on our modified "klunker" bikes. We had decided that a time trial was the way to make it as fair as possible. I worked out a timing system with a couple of clocks. We had that race on a...
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    1983 Ritchey Annapurna

    This bike had been in a state of genteel decay, since I was not riding it., My friend Josh Orlando brought it back to life. Tom Ritchey built this custom frame for me. Paint is original, and very battered. Tom put my name on it, but most of it has worn off. This bike has been to a few amazing...
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    Fat Tire Flyer Products in UK

    I apologize if this is posted in the wrong area. If it disappears I will know why. I had an email from a RetroBiker asking about some of the items I sell online, i.e. posters, t-shirts, old copies of my magazine, etc. Because postal expenses add so much to the price of these items sent to...
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    Jacquie Phelan poster

    I have printed posters of the 1986 Fat Tire Flyer cover featuring Jacquie Phelan. They are printed on heavy 17" x 11" poster stock. Then I had her sign a bunch of them, which I am sending to my UK distributors, "Fat Tire Flyer UK & Europe." See Benji Norton at the Bike Cabin if you need one.
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    Fat Tire Flyer UK & Europe

    I am ably represented across the pond by Fat Tire Flyer UK & Europe. They will sell you Fat Tire Flyer logo items, such as t-shirts, original copies of Fat Tire Flyer magazine, coffee cups, and my signed "Repack" race posters. Check them out on Instagram
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    I got this award...

    Singletrack Magazine has informed me that I won their annual "Legends" award. Why do I feel like they made it up just to give it to me? In any event, it will look great in my trophy case, which is currently empty. Here it is.
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    Being Gary Fisher

    Gary Fisher's book has finally hit print, a little late for the Christmas season. It's called "Being Gary Fisher." It's not sold through traditional book outlets like Amazon or book stores, only from Trek or through Trek dealers. I have no information about the availability in UK.
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    I made the local newspaper for something I did 44 years ago

    The San Francisco Chronicle" How A Wild Downhill Race In 1970S Marin County Launched National Mountain Biking Trend
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    Remote Lectures

    I have done a couple of lecture tours of UK to promote my book, but that is not currently possible. I have toyed with using Skype to present a PowerPoint that I created to help my lecture, but I have decided that I hate PowerPoint, at least in that context. My current idea is to present the...
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    Klunkerz raises kash

    I took part last week in a showing of "Klunkerz" in support of a local mountain bike charity, Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance (REMBA). Attendees paid a hefty sum to attend, $50, and then spent considerably more at an auction of donated items that included lavish mountain bike vacations...
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    Scans from the Mountain bike Legacy Project

    I have been mining my archives and creating .pdf documents of the more interesting ones. I can't post those here, but I can post the links to the files on my blog, Examples: 1989 Gary Fisher interview in Mountain Biking UK. Bicycle Magazine (UK) 1983 Mountain Biking UK John...
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    It was just 40 years ago...

    [I wrote this for an American political website, but it is also relevant here.] It was just 40 years ago, late summer of 1979. For a couple of months Gary Fisher had been riding a custom balloon tire bike he had built on a frame made by Tom Ritchey. I had a similar bike built by Joe Breeze a...
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    Fat Tire Flyer now has a blog

    Facebook sucks. In connection with the Mountain Bike Legacy Project, I now have a new blog, devoted to mining my archives, and posting whatever other thoughts come to me. I thought for a long time about what to call it, and settled on Easy to remember, right? I went "live"...
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    See you at the Malvern, but I'll need a little help

    My friends in UK are trying to crowdfund my ticket to the Malvern Classic. I paid for my own tickets for the last couple of years, but I'm hoping a few of my RB friends will spread the word and kick in a few bob or quid or shillings or penny-farthings. Here's the crowdfund site. If it doesn't...
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    Cunningham Relief Fund

    I'll just post the press release, which speaks for itself.
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    It was 40 years ago today

    Actually the anniversary is tomorrow. This is the very first video of the sport that would eventually be named "mountain biking," filmed on January 20, 1979. This is hardly the first time this has been posted here, but because it's a nice round numbered anniversary, I thought I would give it...
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    R.I.P. FairfaxPat

    Just got a text on my phone from Pat's daughter that he will be taken off life support today.
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    The MTB Legacy Tour

    Been a couple of weeks in UK now, spoke in Manchester, Aylesbury, Fort William and a few other places. My host today is Neil Cresswell in Penrith. Hope a few of you turn out for the talks.
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    The Mountain Bike Legacy Project is (almost) Online

    I now have a sample page for people interested in supporting my Mountain Bike Legacy Project. Purchases of my Fat Tire Flyer products also support that page. You can find them in UK on the book of faces. Remember, I am also in UK for the next few weeks on my lecture tour, so I hope a few...