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    "Repack" monument takes shape

    The town of Fairfax was originally uncomfortable with its notoriety in the world of mountain biking, but that was then, this is now. Perhaps it was all the money riding into town on two wheels. In any event, Fairfax has embraced its mountain bike heritage to the extent where a permanent recognition of its mountain bike roots is taking shape downtown on an otherwise nondescript concrete wall.

    The artists are using ceramic tile in a mosaic depicting elements of the local legend. Funding is private by subscription, and contributors get their names embossed on ceramic chainrings. You can see another of their projects in San Anselmo, the "obelisk" in front of the fire station.

    The main figure will be a large representation of a "clunker" rider, which is yet to be assembled. Here are a few shots of the work in progress.
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    That's sweet Charlie!!!

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    Thats pretty cool. It seems like such an important part of history deserves something even bigger, but I like the grassrootness of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Thats pretty cool. It seems like such an important part of history deserves something even bigger, but I like the grassrootness of it.
    +1, kinda fitting for a grassroots sport to get a grassroot monument.
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    This is an emergence of the embracing of mountain biking by an entire community so much larger than Fairfax. It is the harbinger of things to come for our sport.
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    It'd be rad if there was a giant sculpture of what your guys' hubs looked like @ the end, on the sign or something. Can I get some smoke?

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    Nice.
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    This looks nice. The sprocket sculpture is going to be awesome. I have a bunch of old cassettes and rings, nothing fancy, if you need them.

    It would be great see your names (Charlie, Gary, Joe and all) on it or nearby too. Truly deserve it.

    Just rode Repack on Saturday, wish there was a marker up there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyb View Post
    This looks nice. The sprocket sculpture is going to be awesome. I have a bunch of old cassettes and rings, nothing fancy, if you need them.

    It would be great see your names (Charlie, Gary, Joe and all) on it or nearby too. Truly deserve it.
    The artists have been consulting me frequently as to content. I told them no names. Once you pick some names, you insult those you didn't pick.

    Just rode Repack on Saturday, wish there was a marker up there too.
    There used to be a wooden sign at the top of Repack, stolen many years ago. I have thought about a brass plaque attached to the start-line rock, maybe with 8-inch screws to make sure it stays there.

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    Very cool. I still think it's nuts that something like Repack was covered in 4-5 minutes at somewhere around 30+ mph on the bikes of 1977, especially the tires of 1977.
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    Looks cool, and I'm glad to see some positive recognition for mountain biking and the first trail blazers.

    I see some irony to this, too: isn't it pretty fitting we should have a monument to celebrate mountain biking on fire roads, and that this very fire road was closed to bikers for the Turkey Ride (and one equestrian group was recently calling for that trail to be closed to bikes).

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    Great stuff! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to check it out.

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    I respect the "no names" part but I think the rider monument would be awesome if it was based off that classic picture of you sliding that corner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIVER29 View Post
    I respect the "no names" part but I think the rider monument would be awesome if it was based off that classic picture of you sliding that corner.
    The rider is from a photo of me, but not the one you are thinking of. Also, it has been rendered "generic" so I'm just another rider. This will be on the surface facing the street, on the left as you look at it.

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    Yesterday Fairfax closed Bolinas Road for the "Streets for People" day. As part of the celebration the main motif for the Repack monument was unveiled. Although the work is not yet finished, the progress is remarkable.





    Here is part of the sponsor wall. Each sprocket represents a $150 contribution.



    Kind of ironic that they used my internet handle to describe the figure, which is in fact a reversed version of the following photo of me, including the flopping chain..


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    Now you are truly immortal man. Congrats!

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    I love that you have knee pads but no helmet.
    Man you guys were a little nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mestapho View Post
    I love that you have knee pads but no helmet.
    Man you guys were a little nuts.
    Trying to figure out how to work "big cojones" and "little nuts" into the same sentence.

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    Wow, really great to see this evolve and the acceptance in the community.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malibu412 View Post
    I still think it's nuts that something like Repack was covered in 4-5 minutes at somewhere around 30+ mph on the bikes of 1977, especially the tires of 1977.
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    Trying to figure out how to work "big cojones" and "little nuts" into the same sentence.
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    This is cool to see Charlie! Good on ya.
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    Super Cool. Nice unique mosaic & recognition by the Fairfax community.

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    Here is an overview of the work in progress, which covers the two low walls at the entrance to the parking lot next to the Gestalt Haus on Bolinas Road one block from the center of town.



    If you own a big truck, people will ask you to move things for them. This weekend I delivered about 800# of concrete bench elements to the Repack monument, which include the clouds with the names of the bigger sponsors. The bench seats feature images of Brooks saddles. (The football has no meaning. It was just there when I took the photo.)





    Wende Cragg was honored by a sponsor.



    The top two riders, Joe Breeze and Gary Fisher both contributed and were honored with their names in the clouds.



    The artists have also added reproductions of the original Repack posters.



    Wheels have been added under the title.


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    noticed it was coverd this morning with tarp and caution tape, anyone know why? hope it wasn't vandalized or anything like that.

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    I like it. I hope the locals and the Repack Crew do too.

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    Good stuff CK! Great to see it take shape.
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    it was very cool to catch a look at the monument as i was headed up to Pine Mountain on Sunday. there was quite a little gathering around it.
    I bet you'd do the same if they was you!

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    looks like they were still working on it today, thats why it was covered this morning..

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    super cool. will have to check it out next time out down there.

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    I'm a board member of Access4Bikes which you'll see in the larger donor cloud above. We are very proud to be a sponsor of such well deserved recognition to the home of the mountain bike and its first race! What an honor to be on that wall with the likes of Gary Fisher and Joe Breeze, two of our sports more colorful and influential pioneers.
    Props to Charlie and all of his leadership, support, and physical help in making this a reality.
    Now, how about we get approval for some legally sanctioned Repack races?!

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    The monument is now complete. Bumping this thread to announce the formal dedication of the monument on Sunday at 11:00. Bolinas Road will be closed for the "Streets for People" day.

    Since Joe Breeze and Marc Vendetti will be out of town, Otis Guy will be making the formal announcement of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and bicycle museum in Fairfax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    The monument is now complete. Bumping this thread to announce the formal dedication of the monument on Sunday at 11:00. Bolinas Road will be closed for the "Streets for People" day.

    Since Joe Breeze and Marc Vendetti will be out of town, Otis Guy will be making the formal announcement of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and bicycle museum in Fairfax.

    Excellent! Between this and the museum, some cool things happening in town.
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    I visited the bench-it's really nice; the mosaic tile work is very well done. Plus the street was blocked off and there was an absolute babe sitting on the bench. Sorry didn't get pics.

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