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    MTB Hall of Fame moves from Crested Butte to Marin

    Joe's been talking about this new museum he's working on. Now it all makes sense.

    Mountain Bike Hall of Fame announces inductees, plans move to Marin County | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    Joe's been talking about this new museum he's working on. Now it all makes sense.

    Mountain Bike Hall of Fame announces inductees, plans move to Marin County | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News
    Why the move?
    Marketing and exposure?
    I was under the impression that Marin wasn't the most MTB-friendly environment.
    Wanted: more of the same ... but different

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCMDoc View Post
    Why the move?
    Marketing and exposure?
    I was under the impression that Marin wasn't the most MTB-friendly environment.
    Marin is the anti-MTB capital of the universe, that's why I am so pleased they are moving there. 98% of all trails in Marin are off limits to bikes thanks to a few very vocal and connected douchebags like Terri Sweet, Mike Vandeman etc. The vocal minority in Marin has long conspired to keep off road bikes limited to fire roads only ignoring the vast majority of trail users. I hope that they will use the hall of fame for more exposure so those trails that our idols first raced on will once again be legal to ride. It is time for our sport to stop taking a back seat to equestrians.
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    Sounds like that is a GREAT reason to be there. I hope that the move drives the effort as you suggest.
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    Vandeman is in Berkeley isn't he?

    I'm hoping the high school league changes things for the better with trail access. Marin high schools have some deep (talent) and big rosters.

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    Probably has more to do with exposure, SF is a very booming tourist community.


    I do hope this opens up the mountain biking in Marin (and maybe that bleeds over to East Bay). At the moment it doesn't seem like people are coming to the Bay Area for mountain biking vacations.

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    I would say that it has to do with Don Cook and Kay Peterson getting tired of the thankless task they have dedicated a couple of decades to.

    I have been hoping to find a place for my unique archive, a half dozen file cabinets filled with everything in print about mountain biking for the first ten years or so of the sport. Now it looks like it will find a permanent home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    I would say that it has to do with Don Cook and Kay Peterson getting tired of the thankless task they have dedicated a couple of decades to.

    I have been hoping to find a place for my unique archive, a half dozen file cabinets filled with everything in print about mountain biking for the first ten years or so of the sport. Now it looks like it will find a permanent home.
    Interesting and good for you CK, Will your files be set up in such a way that they will be available to the public for research?.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed View Post
    I'm hoping the high school league changes things for the better with trail access. Marin high schools have some deep (talent) and big rosters.
    And BIG money to boot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    I would say that it has to do with Don Cook and Kay Peterson getting tired of the thankless task they have dedicated a couple of decades to.

    I have been hoping to find a place for my unique archive, a half dozen file cabinets filled with everything in print about mountain biking for the first ten years or so of the sport. Now it looks like it will find a permanent home.
    CK,

    It sure would be nice if there were a way for you do digitize your Archive, so it could be made available online.

    I'm a Charter Member, and I don't have a problem with the move; if Marin is the better choice for preserving the Collection, so much the better!


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    Will they add more bikes to the displays? CB is nice it's more about the people that started mtbiking, than displaying the evolution of the machine. Lst I was there they had less than 20 bikes, the collection at Absolute Bikes in Sadlia is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    And BIG money to boot.
    Yep. I think it could bring some change to the next generation's trail access.

    Quote Originally Posted by sbsbiker View Post
    Will they add more bikes to the displays? CB is nice it's more about the people that started mtbiking, than displaying the evolution of the machine. Lst I was there they had less than 20 bikes, the collection at Absolute Bikes in Sadlia is better.
    I think with JB at the helm it will be a first class exhibition for both the HOFers and the bikes. Excited to see how it turns out.

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    I would love to see a complete history of the bikes that developed during this sports growth. That's my interest as many of the HOFers are still living, and easy to meet if you get around. The older bikes not so much. Plus opening the door for corporate sponsership with a Specialized wing, or a Trek wing, showcasing the Stumpjumper line from then to now would be great to see.

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    cut and pasted from the Norcal forum:

    From the Marin Independent Journal:

    Mountain Bike Hall of Fame moving to Fairfax, birthplace of the sport - Marin Independent Journal


    THE MOUNTAIN BIKE Hall of Fame, established 25 years ago in Colorado, is moving to the rustic Marin town where a handful of young off-road cycling pioneers gave birth to the now international sport in the 1970s, barreling down Mount Tamalpais on fat tire paperboy bikes they called "klunkers."

    The new Marin Museum of Bicycling will be relocating to the mountain bike mecca of Fairfax early next year, taking over the former Good Earth market building on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, organizers announced Thursday.

    "It's a perfect location in Fairfax as the gateway to Point Reyes National Seashore and as a hive of bicycling activity," said Joe Breeze, an early hall of fame inductee
    and one of the architects of the hall of fame's move to Fairfax. "This is something I've been dreaming about all my cycling life."

    Breeze is one of the bike builders and designers who developed the modern high-tech mountain bike. His 1977 prototype, "Breezer 1," is now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History.

    Since 1988, the hall of fame has occupied a small corner of a heritage museum in the former coal mining town of Crested Butte, Colo., population about 1,500, a skiing and mountain biking destination that was also an early location for the first mountain bikers.

    "The only place we would have allowed it to go was someplace in Marin, either Fairfax or San Anselmo," said Don Cook, who founded the museum and ran it with his wife, Kay Petersen-Cook, since its inception. "That's where the real heart of mountain biking was developed."

    The move to Marin was sparked by an installation on Northern California contributions to mountain biking that Breeze curated last year in the San Francisco Airport's International Terminal along with airport curator Timothy O'Brien and his staff.

    "That was a catalyst for my lifelong dream," Breeze said.

    After that exhibit, he and two other Marin mountain bike legends, Otis Guy and Marc Vendetti, approached the Cooks about moving their artifacts to a larger museum space in Fairfax.

    "We hit him at the right time, when they were ready to move," Breeze said. "It was a struggle for them. Little Crested Butte only gets so many people coming there."

    The Cooks didn't need convincing that the sport had become too big for their little corner of the world.

    "My wife and I have brought it the international exposure it's gotten," he said. "The key thing to note is this is an American sport that has gone global."

    The 3,000-square-foot building at 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is the same space that Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh once considered for his Terrapin Crossroads music venue.

    Plans for the bicycle museum have already cleared the Fairfax Planning Commission and have the support of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

    "It's always a good thing to have a new point of interest in town that will have a positive impact in a number of ways," Chamber Executive Director Bob Kopelman said. "It will draw visitors, and visitors are always a good thing for a town. It's definitely an economic benefit. We're very excited about it."

    Large photo backdrops of Mount Tamalpais and Pine Mountain, site of the seminal Repack mountain bike races in the 1970s, will line the new museum's north and west walls. The 90-foot-long backdrops, part of the airport exhibit, were given to Breeze by the airport staff to use in the new museum space.

    The cycling museum will not only focus on local mountain biking and its history, but also the sport's popularity in Europe and its reach to such far flung outposts as Rwanda, where local bike builder Tom Ritchey supplied cargo bikes for coffee growers to transport their crops to market.

    "It will be a cultural center, a place where clubs can come to meet, where we can have lectures on bicycling and movies about bicycling," Breeze said. "It will be a place to celebrate cycling."

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    ""The only place we would have allowed it to go was someplace in Marin, either Fairfax or San Anselmo," said Don Cook, who founded the museum and ran it with his wife, Kay Petersen-Cook, since its inception."

    Credit should be given to the late Carole Bauer and a few others for this,

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    Here is a link to the article. Be sure to check out the comments section. It should be interesting when the anti-mtb crowd starts chiming in.

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    How do I make contact to make a donation of an early Witz fork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howley View Post
    How do I make contact to make a donation of an early Witz fork?
    Try this address given in the article.
    liberatore@marinij.com

    And of course a few pics of said fork.
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    Marin locals to the white courtesy phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Interesting read. Also, McLean is a tool.
    What are you talking about, he invented mountain biking! It's true because he said so and it's on the internet.

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    Also, Durango is hardly the easiest place to get to either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbsbiker View Post
    Also, Durango is hardly the easiest place to get to either.
    Flight in is a little rough, ya.


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    Rumpfy, thanks for directing my attention. I have known Mr. Mc for many years and I started hearing these claims since about a minute after I met him.

    So a bunch of people I never heard of and who have never contributed visibly to the sport are upset because Fairfax does not have access to the trails like many of the Rocky Mountain towns, and therefore does not "deserve" the HoF.

    The HoF is coming here for the reasons I posted when this thread first appeared: because Fairfax has the people, the energy and THE MONEY to do this. The money didn't magically appear, it was the product of hard work by the four individuals making it happen. They deserve to be named, Joe Breeze, Marc Vendetti, Otis Guy and Julia Violich. Joe Breeze is a consummate bicycle historian, and the museum is not just about mountain bikes.

    MARIN MUSEUM OF BICYCLING TO FEATURE
    IGLER COLLECTION OF HISTORIC BICYCLES

    (Fairfax, CA) March 5, 2014 – The Marin Museum of Bicycling announced today that it will display a selection of bikes from the Igler Collection, a comprehensive collection of bicycles dating back to the 1860s.

    The Igler Collection will form one of two permanent displays at the Marin Museum of Bicycling, the other being the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Last August, the museum announced the relocation to Fairfax of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, founded 25 years ago in Crested Butte, Colorado.

    Marin Museum of Bicycling curator Joe Breeze said, “The Igler Collection documents the birth of the bicycle and its “Golden Age,” when the sharpest minds of the day were focused on perfecting the most efficient machine of personal transport ever devised.”
    Ralph Igler, a NASA engineer based in Palo Alto, started his collection in 1960, traveling extensively to build a group of key examples in the development of the bicycle. Bicycles from his collection have been featured in museums in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Ralph Igler died in 2004, leaving the collection to his son, David Igler, Professor of History at UC Irvine. David Igler said, “The Marin Museum of Bicycling’s devotion to telling the unsung history of this extraordinary vehicle would have pleased my dad.”

    Museum president Marc Vendetti said, “The Marin Museum of Bicycling is thrilled and honored to receive this long-term loan of bikes from the Igler collection. The collection’s wide range of bikes enables us to tell many interesting stories. We can feature a “chronology of technology” and rotate other bikes in for special exhibits.”

    Among the collection is an 1868 “boneshaker” velocipede from the first bicycle builder, Ernest Michaux of Paris. Also included is an 1880s Coventry Rotary tricycle, the design that held human-powered speed records until improved high-wheel bicycles, such as the collection’s 1886 Rudge, took over as speed king. There’s even an 1898 Pierce shaft-drive bike, which was that company’s top model until it launched its Pierce Arrow automobile.

    The Marin Museum of Bicycling, which will double as a cultural center for Marin cyclists, expects to open its doors to the public in mid-2014. Museum construction is underway in downtown Fairfax at 1966 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, former location of the Good Earth grocery store.

    To raise funds for the museum, the Marin Museum of Bicycling is building a low wall at the property's corner, with the profile of Mount Tamalpais. Donors can purchase personalized tiles for this “Mt. Tam Legacy Wall” to help support the museum, on the museum's web site: The Marin Museum of Bicycling .
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    FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES, please contact:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    Rumpfy, thanks for directing my attention. I have known Mr. Mc for many years and I started hearing these claims since about a minute after I met him.

    So a bunch of people I never heard of and who have never contributed visibly to the sport are upset because Fairfax does not have access to the trails like many of the Rocky Mountain towns, and therefore does not "deserve" the HoF.

    The HoF is coming here for the reasons I posted when this thread first appeared: because Fairfax has the people, the energy and THE MONEY to do this. The money didn't magically appear, it was the product of hard work by the four individuals making it happen. They deserve to be named, Joe Breeze, Marc Vendetti, Otis Guy and Julia Violich. Joe Breeze is a consummate bicycle historian, and the museum is not just about mountain bikes.
    I agree with you, Charlie. What's his beef with you guys? He even took another shot at the repack guys in the comment section, quoted directly below. The whole "Mt. Tam is not a mountain" segment of his argument is just odd.

    Marin riders failed to organize in the early 80s and do what we have done SB since then to protect and enjoy our trails with other user groups.
    In any case, I support having it anywhere that can support it- Colorado, California - wherever.

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    RR "The money didn't magically appear, it was the product of hard work by the four individuals making it happen. They deserve to be named, Joe Breeze, Marc Vendetti, Otis Guy and Julia Violich. Joe Breeze is a consummate bicycle historian, and the museum is not just about mountain bikes."

    Great to see credit given to those who busted azz to make it happen, again.
    Believe too that the museum will increase exposure to act as a reminder to those in power of a growing constituency.
    Equestrians have long held the $$, yet are shrinking & aging, where we are growing in #'s.
    Be sure to track visitation stats, since politicos pay close attention to trends for funding.

    It had to relocate, and I see it as a great tool to stop a riptide of bad publicity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    Rumpfy, thanks for directing my attention. I have known Mr. Mc for many years and I started hearing these claims since about a minute after I met him.
    I've been exposed to ramblings for a much shorter period of time and I'm already tired of hearing it. I can only imagine hearing it for decades.
    Its a very strange claim he makes.

    IMO, the Musuem and MTB Hall of Fame is in the right place with the right people involved. I'm assuming you are also contributing and providing print/photo items where needed? Also a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Flight in is a little rough, ya.


    Having Joe B, Otis G, and CK local and involved is hard to beat.
    If you have a vagina, then yes, a little rough


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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
    If you have a vagina, then yes, a little rough
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    Glad to hear the museum is coming home and getting bigger to include the very beginning. I heard that trail advocacy was tough down there but I had no idea it was that bad, That sucks, mtbing is main stream now and most trails can be successfully multi use if all users are educated on the "yield to" IMBA sign. I understand if popular trails see too many users there will be conflicts. In these cases the land owners/caretakers need to build more. Here in Canada we had the same problem with the city of North Van and home owners conflicting with parking and illegal trail building. The local newspaper reporting these conflicts referred to us as foul-mouthed, urinating, pot smoking bikers. ha we laughed and said ya that pretty much sums us up. Years went by numbers of riders increased at a rate that the city realized tourist $$$$$$ and told the homeowners now you have to pay for permit parking, they opened the gate at the trailhead and made a parking lot and allowed NSMBA to build/maintain and rate the trail names by skill level. IMBA did a great job too. I am sure you can turn public opinion around down there with the help of that great organization and local bikers. Apathy had always been with the sport from the beginning, too few giving all their time tirelessly to make things happen. It seems like once mountain biking gained any sort of momentum after the first 10yrs it would fracture into another discipline xc, trails,dh were done on the same bike at a stage race now they are separate, then it fractured again with free ride, stunt riding, dirt jumping and arial big air big hair. I am struggling with trying to find a place to have a similar museum in North Van [we have some serious collectors] but understand that to have a successful museum it has to be a successful business and the only way to guarantee that would be to tandem with a restaurant/brew pub because on its own it won't generate enough revenue to just charge admission to see a bunch of old shopping carts and moth eaten jerseys. Mountain bikers are mainly a bunch of cheap #$%^@'s but they do like their beer and good food. That said vintage bikes are only part of the equation the real meat of history are the stories and what what we did with them. God bless the builders they saved me from being an axe murderer. Viva mtb!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook View Post
    If you have a vagina, then yes, a little rough
    The people there are d!cks too!
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    To me the best thing about it being there is that it REALLY pisses the anti-bike crowd off. Now they can drive by it everyday. I think the ASS wrote his opinion piece without a full understanding of why the move is taking place. Despite what he says there are some great places to ride there and it is getting better.
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    Several of us here know ASS (Kurt) personally. He's a good guy, great rider. I don't happen to agree with his article.

    Every time I've been and ridden in Marin, I've seen mountain bikers everywhere. Yes it has its land access problems, but its not like tomatoes are being thrown at the lone mtb'er rolling through town.
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    I would add that no matter what the local politics currently are, mountain bikes were born in Marin, nowhere else can make that claim. Other places may have been quick to take them up, and have accepted them with greater enthusiasm, but you are only born in one place, and I think we all agree that Marin is the birthplace of the Mountain bike.

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    This absolute horsehizz. Marin doesn't deserve the MTB HoF. Frickin donkey riding trusty hippies. oh wait....there are a lot of trusty hippies in CB to...ah screw it...MTB HoF should stay with the trusty hippies in CB, not with the Mt Tam donkey riders.
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    Sure guy....just because they advertised it first makes them the inventor of the MTB. Oh FYI Al Gore invented the internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Easy does it there, tiger.
    Screw that.

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    Grew up in one of those towns and live in the other....I'm just voicing my opinion which is no one place can claim to be the birthplace of mtn biking, and there are a lot of trusty hippie donkey riders in the world they just seem to gravitate to Marin.
    If Don and Kay are tired of fighting the good fight I'm glad someone is there to assist them. I do believe more people travel to CB specifically for MTB vacations than they travel to Marin for the same reason.
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    The MTBHOF is not an easy task to take on. Thanks to Carole Bauer for all her efforts up front, Kay and Don for keeping the boat afloat and doing what they could to expand it globally, and to the Marin gang for keeping the lights on. Best of luck to them and be sure and visit the new place if and when you can! I know I will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister View Post
    Screw that.
    I love it when he gets all wound up
    Haha! Been a while since we had a crazy SicBith blow up? I can't remember what it was about last time.

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    I'm just voicing my opinion which is no one place can claim to be the birthplace of mtn biking,

    I agree, no one or no one place can claim to be the birthplace of mountain biking. I do think the sport of mountain biking originated in NorCal though.

    I get the impression that the MBHOF wasn't getting all that much attention or traffic out in CB, though I can't confirm it. Sounded like it pretty much just limped along maybe due to location and set up?

    Marin proper might not be an MTB destination, but the greater Bay Area definitely is. Awful lot of trails available within 60 mins of where the museum is set to be located.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Haha! Been a while since we had a crazy SicBith blow up? I can't remember what it was about last time.




    I agree, no one or no one place can claim to be the birthplace of mountain biking. I do think the sport of mountain biking originated in NorCal though.

    I get the impression that the MBHOF wasn't getting all that much attention or traffic out in CB, though I can't confirm it. Sounded like it pretty much just limped along maybe due to location and set up?

    Marin proper might not be an MTB destination, but the greater Bay Area definitely is. Awful lot of trails available within 60 mins of where the museum is set to be located.
    It will be tough to compare visitation numbers for the MTB HoF as most, if not all of the CB MTB traffic is in the summer. In the winter most of CB is focused on skiing. We'll see how many visitors it gets in Marin from mid June to early Sept. It will certainly get more visitors in the winter. Either way it's Don and Kay's decision to make it certainly wasn't stolen from them.....I think
    Sport of DH mtn biking certainly has roots in Marin. Sport of xc and endurance mtn biking was most likely established its roots elsewhere.
    I think CB has Marin beat in quality and maybe quantity of trails within 60mins traveling radius.
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    Inferring that this is some kind of hostile takeover is dumb. Think again.

    I do agree that Gunnison County has the Bay Area beat for quality and quantity of trails though. However I don't see how that matters where the Hall is located.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    I get the impression that the MBHOF wasn't getting all that much attention or traffic out in CB, though I can't confirm it. Sounded like it pretty much just limped along maybe due to location and set up?

    Marin proper might not be an MTB destination, but the greater Bay Area definitely is. Awful lot of trails available within 60 mins of where the museum is set to be located.
    The MTB HoF in CB occupied 169 square feet in a building whose primary use was a restaurant owned by Kay Peterson. The sport is bigger than that.

    Regarding the # of people who come to Fairfax to ride v. the # who go to CB:

    CB is buried in snow for half the year. Fairfax is open all year. Maybe the hundreds of people show up in Fairfax every weekend to ride mountain bikes didn't come from Florida to do it. Maybe they came from Oakland. The money is just as good, and wherever they come from, they fill the town. They drink the local beer and eat the local food and buy their Tamarancho day passes at one of several big local bike shops, where they might spend a few bucks on something else.

    Having been to both towns, mountain bikers in Fairfax outnumber those in CB by dozens to one. Fairfax is within bike riding distance or a short drive of half a million people. Apparently these people aren't bothered by the fact that they aren't heli-biking in Vancouver or uplifting at Alpe d'Huez. They still bring their bikes to Fairfax.

    Then there are the road bikers. Fairfax sits astride Sir Francis Drake Blvd, the gateway to all the cycling in West Marin. Many people park in Fairfax to ride on the road in pleasant countryside. By starting in Fairfax, they don't have to ride through the urban maze, with stop signs every few hundred feet and the San Anselmo police staking them out, and you can ride for twenty miles before you hit the next stop sign. Cyclists either head west, starting at the last traffic signal on Sir Francis Drake (the exact spot of the museum, BTW) or riding up Bolinas Road to Mount Tam.

    Fairfax is a convenient distance from San Francisco, 20 or 25 miles depending on where you start from in SF, and dozens of riders in big club groups use the town for a halfway point and lunch stop before riding back across the Golden Gate Bridge. CB does not have that.

    The people who invented surfing lived at the beach. The people who came up with mountain biking lived where all kinds of riding was fun, not just mountain biking.

    Fairfax can support half a dozen businesses with cyclists' money, but CB could never do that since they can only ride half the year. CB is a ski town with great riding in the summer, but the mountain bikers will never outspend the skiers. Cycling does not drive the CB economy like skiing does.

    On one of my early trips to CB, I was shocked at what wimpy descenders the locals were, despite their toughness on the climbs. But we ride all year every year, with no breaks, and they were just getting back on their bikes after the annual hiatus of five or six months. They won the uphills, because it's 9000 feet and they lived there, but there was no comparison when we turned around for the ride back to town.

    Here's another argument for Fairfax. Who TF do these people think OWNS the artifacts on display? I haven't seen my own bike, Breezer #2, the second most collectible bicycle in the world, in maybe twenty years. Ditto Charlie Cunningham. The HoF has one of only seven or eight complete collections of the Fat Tire Flyer. Is there another town with as many inductees?

    Our opinionated singlespeeder does not have one percent the curriculum vitae of those involved in this effort, but he complains about how and where they keep their own collections. Consider the source and evaluate it on that basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SicBith View Post
    Sure guy....just because they advertised it first makes them the inventor of the MTB. Oh FYI Al Gore invented the internet.
    Sorry if I miss spoke, but I was taught that some interesting characters in Marin thought up putting a Deraileur onto a cruiser bike so that they could ride up, the hills they had been bombing down.

    Lots of people took up the flag after seeing what a good idea this was, but you can't give credit to someone who copied and improved the basic idea of a geared off road bike, only to the first person who scratched his head and welded on that hanger to get the bike geared for uphill. I will not name names cause I wasn't there.

    This evolution is still ongoing, with 29ers,27.5ers, dual suspensions, fattes, and all the other innovations that have made the geared off road bike into the mountain bikes we all love.
    If this isn't the truth, or I am revising history please inform me different. I was living in Oklahoma at the time, and was in the 8th grade. I didn't get to witness the birth, if you did and can tell me of another place where this "gearing" of a bike for off road use was done first, please do tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    The MTB HoF in CB occupied 169 square feet ...
    I have fond memories of the HoF in CB behind the kite shop and the one in the old restaurant. I'm excited to visit the one in Marin because of everyone involved but to compare and contrast the two or saying one spot is better than the other seems to deter from what's it's all about. I'm happy to look at and read about old bikes no matter where I am.

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    I think Al invented global warming as well, its $%#@ cold here

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan lee View Post
    I have fond memories of the HoF in CB behind the kite shop and the one in the old restaurant. I'm excited to visit the one in Marin because of everyone involved but to compare and contrast the two or saying one spot is better than the other seems to deter from what's it's all about. I'm happy to look at and read about old bikes no matter where I am.
    Well said.

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    To build on what StanLee said, I think people might be over analyzing this. That anyone is willing to host and maintain a museum that honors the origins of mountain biking and the people, places, and events involved should be commended. We should be thankful that Carol started it and Don and Kay kept it going for so long, each volunteering a lot of time and effort to make it happen. I am glad to see that someone else wants to keep it going.

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