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Old November 15th, 2010, 7:09 PM   #1
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Default Movie Recommendation: "Klunkers"

I just watched "Klunkers" which is available through Netflix. It is a documentary about the history of Mountain Biking in Marin County California (just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco) from the early '70s to the early '80s. Without giving too much away it involves some key players in the invention of the Mountain bike including Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze, Charlie Kelly, Tom Richey and some other key players. They took pre-WWII Schwinn Cruisers and customized them with motorcycle drum brakes, bent the frames to accomidate gears, etc. The orignial guys were a combination of professional road racers and hippies who set up races down Mt. Tamalpais (Tam) in which the winner usually won a bag of weed! This was especially interesting to me since I live in Marin County and can see Mt Tam from my house.

Mike Sinyard, the founder of Specialized bought a Richey mt frame that was built up from Gary Fisher, took it to Japan and had it copied. That copy was the 1983 Specialized Rock Hopper!



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Old November 15th, 2010, 8:43 PM   #2
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We had a bumper sticker early on that read "We don't care how the hell they do it in California"

It is a cool flick though

It's been a long time, I should watch it again

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We had a bumper sticker early on that read "We don't care how the hell they do it in California"

It is a cool flick though

It's been a long time, I should watch it again

Scott

Yeah, being from the East Coast originally, I can relate. The day after watching the movie (Wednesday of last week) I took my Fat Chance Team Comp up Mt Tam and did a ride. Pretty cool to be riding the fire roads that were ridden nearly 40 years ago. They are very fun now as I am sure they were fun then!
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