The First Mountain Biker Passes
Jobst Brandt died this week. Whether you met or knew, liked or despised, as a mountain biker, you probably owe him a thank you. Tom Ritchey considers him, if not the father, the inspiration for the mountain bike.
Personally, despite not really appreciating his, at best, brusque communication style [he ridiculed my Slingshot mercilessly in one exchange - in retrospect rightfully so] from him, once removed, I learned to ride, or at least attempt to ride, everywhere and everything on a bike, any bike.
Cycling innovator and author Jobst Brandt dies at 80 - VeloNews.com
So Jobst wherever you've pedaled off beyond this life, I hope there's nothing but tailwinds, and warm sunny days on endless alpine descents for you.
Last edited by jms; 05-07-2015 at 04:46 PM.
i'd see him from time to time on his yellow road bike in santa cruz, that was probably 6-7 years ago probably in his 70's. ray hosler's site is awesome, i've purchased some of his photo journals, awesome documentation of some rad cross rides from palo alto through sc mountains and back. folks need to understand this important bay area bike history and the roots of early dirt rides around here. rip.
He was, as they say, The Man.
Banned for showing Boobies.
When a legendary cyclist passes... do they say "on your left" one last time? RIP Mr. Brandt.
Jobst was, well, "Gruff", but in a good way. Gruff, to the point, and honest actually. He didn't hold back his opinion. I loved that.
His book was one of the gifts I received during my riding and industry life that I value most. If I was to look back I simply couldn't count the times I'd randomly call him or Sheldon about some random thing I wanted feedback on and he was always there to answer. His contribution to all of us here will be sorely missed.
~May your wheels carry you above the clouds and God-Speed good sir.
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