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Across the Country on a Tandem Bike

In 1976 and 1979, Joe Breeze and Otis Guy attempted to break the Guinness World Record for crossing the continental United States by bicycle (held by a different person in each respective year). Although they were gunning for the record for a single cyclist, the pair rode a tandem bike.

While neither attempt for the record panned out for Breeze and Guy, other cyclists were inspired to set new records. The attempts also somewhat served the team's goal of promoting cycling as a fun, healthy, and exciting sport as well as showed what tandems are capable of.

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Breezer #1

In an attempt to create a better bike for klunking Joe Breeze set out and created the Breezer #1. This was the first recognized purpose built mountain-bike.making gifs ;

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Chris Chance

Founder of Chris Chance Bicycles and Fat City Cycles, Chris Chance is a pioneer of mountain bike frame building. Fat City Cycles is defined by their uncanny attention to detail, love for mountain biking and humorous approach to building and riding. 



Two roommates one day had a vision to start the world's first mountain bicycle specific store.  With the mountain biking's popularity explosion thanks to works of early mountain bikers the small store in San Anselmo was a hub for mountain biking that evolved.  The two roommates back then were Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly.  MountainBikes has established its name in mountain biking history.

Pearl Pass

From Crested Butte to Aspen, this path in the Colorado mountains helped spread the innovation of mountain bikes from the Marin County riders outward. 


The Repack race took place on Mount Tamalpais, in Marin County, CA, on a course that spanned about two miles and had a vertical drop of 1300 feet. This race is an event that changed mountain biking and presented it as a sport to society. This race helped grow the sport tremendously and allowed for the transformation of klunkers into the modern mountain bike.

Social Exclusion and Tension on the Trail

Mountain bikes emerged from a counterculture that started in Marin County.  These pioneers rode Mount Tamalpais engineering better bikes along the way.  Issues of trail utilization quickly became a topic of conflict between mountain bikers and other users.   Hikers, equestrians, and other longtime users of the lands did not always appreciate the new denizens.  Bans for trail access were placed on mountain bikes creating a battle over land use that continues today.  This conflict was essential for the growth of the mountain bike.  This exhibit focuses on the peak of the debates, from the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s along with disagreements and restrictions that still exist today.  The story is told via the news coverage, collected by Charlie Kelly.

Women From Marin

Mountain biking as a sport has predominantly been driven by men.  Such as this may be, the history of the sport and what it has become in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries would not have been possible without the grit and determination of a very colorful group of women.  Women riders featured in this exhibit will be Jacquie Phelan, Wende Cragg, Susan deMattaei, and Frances E. Willard.  These riders have long been role models working against the gender restrictions and stereotypes of mountain biking that persist today.

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