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    Fat Tire Flyer/excellent read

    Great historical mt. bike book by Charlie Kelley. He and partner Gary Fisher played a huge part in the mt. bike movement. Easy to read, lots of interesting stories and people.
    I'm 59 and remember many of the participants and events that took place...such as the early NORBA/USCF squabble, Repack legends, the Coors Classic. Tons of other good stories.
    This is a new book written in 2014, but my wife, a librarian ordered it from her library. Check it out-it's excellent, Ron

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    Thanks for noticing. Every review has been very positive. PM if you want a signed copy.

    Here is an excerpt published in Dirt Rag.

    A review in US Cycling Report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    Thanks for noticing. Every review has been very positive. PM if you want a signed copy.

    Here is an excerpt published in Dirt Rag.

    A review in US Cycling Report.
    I am interested. Will send PM.

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    I remember reading copies of the original Fat Tire Flyer back in the 80's when I first got into mountain biking. When I saw that this book was available, I bought a copy of it last October-ish.

    When I received it, I immediately thumbed through it and really appreciated the documentation and the pics from back in the day. I then set it aside intending to get into it and it disappeared, as my wife knew better than I where it should reside, but she neglected to tell me.

    I found it last night and started to read it. All I can say is, Thank you to Charlie Kelly for writing this book!

    I'm diggin it!

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    I'm from this area and era. Fat Tire Flyer rings true. It is a no-brainer must for your home library ranking with Krabbé's The Rider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    I remember reading copies of the original Fat Tire Flyer back in the 80's when I first got into mountain biking. When I saw that this book was available, I bought a copy of it last October-ish.

    When I received it, I immediately thumbed through it and really appreciated the documentation and the pics from back in the day. I then set it aside intending to get into it and it disappeared, as my wife knew better than I where it should reside, but she neglected to tell me.

    I found it last night and started to read it. All I can say is, Thank you to Charlie Kelly for writing this book!

    I'm diggin it!
    The unique collection of images would probably have been enough to make people pick it up, but the lengthy narrative is apparently intimidating through the sheer number of words.

    But as you have noticed, I wrote all those words for more of a purpose than to hold the pictures apart. No one else could tell my story, and no one else will be able to provide the amount of detail and images my vast trove of files allowed me to include.

    If you just read the first couple of pages of Joe Breeze's foreword, I'm pretty sure you will read the rest.

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    Absolutely Charlie! I'm around 50 pages in and only put it down to go to bed, as I had to be at work at 6:00 this morning. Knowing the way I read, I should finish it over the weekend. I'm in Santa Rosa BTW, so having grown up in the area in the 60's and 70's I'm very familiar with the locale.

    Thanks again for your contribution/creation of this sport we love!

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    George W. Bush and I could not be any further apart politically. But when I was asked to sign a copy of Fat Tire Flyer for Mr. Bush, I was honored to do so.

    Today I received a very nice hand written thank you note from Mr. Bush. It reads:

    Dear Charlie,

    Thank you for signing Fat Tire Flyer. It is a very interesting history of the sport I love. I'm rollin' as much as my 69 year old legs will allow -- Ride on!

    George W. Bush

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    It is said that if you were to sit and have a beer with the Ex-pres., he's supposedly the nicest guy in the world. His love of the mountain bike has been known for quite some time. If he came up to ride Annadel, I'd show him around.

    Good on you, Mr. Kelly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohmygato View Post
    I am interested. Will send PM.
    Ah, heck yes! Pee em sended!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    It is said that if you were to sit and have a beer with the Ex-pres., he's supposedly the nicest guy in the world. His love of the mountain bike has been known for quite some time. If he came up to ride Annadel, I'd show him around.

    Good on you, Mr. Kelly!
    Nice. I might fart in his general direction during the ride, or stuff a dead fish in his tire to be found later, but good for him (the ex-prez) for continuing to love the sport.
    "Don't apologize for being late with a Starbucks latte in your hand."

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    Lets try and not derail this thread by bumping up Ol' Georges approval rating hmmm??
    FTG.
    Back on topic, once again Charlie thanks for my signed copy and all you do, and have done, for our sport.
    Much respect, much appreciated!!
    Keep rollin.
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    I'd been riding for years before I started looking into the history of mountain biking (after moving to Marin) and found Charlie's website a treasure trove of info and a great way to wile away a few hours. Great stuff there. The book has been my "bike porn" as the girlfriend calls it. Picking it up and perusing it at odd moments. Thanks Charlie for not only saving all this history but getting it out in a great book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    George W. Bush and I could not be any further apart politically. But when I was asked to sign a copy of Fat Tire Flyer for Mr. Bush, I was honored to do so.

    Today I received a very nice hand written thank you note from Mr. Bush. It reads:
    This is so awesome Charlie. All politics aside, that is an incredible honor.

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    My dad got this book as soon as it came out and refers to it as the "bible". He borrowed me his copy and it is just an awesome read. Charlie I will send you a pm. His 67th bday is coming up and signing his copy would mean the world to him. Thanks for all you have done for the fat tire universe.

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    I was bummed out when I finished reading my copy, only because I was sure whatever I picked up next wouldn't be as interesting, enjoyable, and - being a NorCal lifer, as personal to read for the first time as Fat Tire Flyer.
    Read Two Wheels North several years ago after finding it recommended here in the NorCal forum, and that's a good read too if you finish this one and are still jonesin' for a local cycling on dirt memoir.
    Eat, ride, eat, rest, repeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    George W. Bush and I could not be any further apart politically. But when I was asked to sign a copy of Fat Tire Flyer for Mr. Bush, I was honored to do so.

    Today I received a very nice hand written thank you note from Mr. Bush. It reads:
    This is very cool. Maybe if Washington politicians were forced to ride together they'd find more common ground. W has been a class act as a former president.

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    Awesome. I'll have to pick up a copy for sure.

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