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Table of Contents

Foreword by Joe Breeze 1 Epiphany 2 Spidey 3 Humbolt 4 Singlespeeds 5 Marin County Klunkers 6 Repack 7 A Passion for Racing 8 The Most Important Bicycle of the 20th Century 9 The Dirt Bicycle Comes of Age 10 Crested Butte 11 Getting Organized 12 The Word Gets Out 13 The Ritchey Mountain-Bike 14 The First Mountain-Bike 15 Widening the View 16 Mountain-Bikes 17 Fat Tire Flyer 18 NORBA 19 The 1982 Coors Classic 20 The Image 21 The Ride of a Lifetime 22 Mammoth Kamikaze 23 Giro d'Italia 24 After the Flyer 25 Postscript: Some Conclusions 26 Appendix 27 Coda 28 Acknowledgments 29 Credits 30 Index

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Advertising and publicity in leading cycling media including Bicycling, VeloNews, BikeRadar, CyclingNews, Cycle Sport America, Dirt RagPublicity campaign to health/fitness media including OutsideOnline content marketing campaign on fattireflyer.comPaid promotion on FacebookPromotion at Interbike, the largest American cycling trade show

About the Author

Charlie Kelly is one of the founding fathers of mountain biking. He's written for VeloNews and Bicycling, and is currently the U.S. mountain bike correspondent for Rouleur and Privateer magazines. He and Gary Fisher founded MountainBikes, selling Tom Ritchey's first mountain bike frames as complete bikes. Charlie was also the founder and reigning official of the Repack mountain bike races in Marin, California. He was founder, editor and publisher of Fat Tire Flyer, the first mountain bike magazine. He is the supreme archivist of the origin of the sport of mountain biking.


"For the mountain biker on your gift list, grab a copy of Charlie Kelly's Fat Tire Flyer. One of the sport's founding fathers, Kelly tells the most honest and complete history of the sport's earliest days, dating all the way back to the days when 'mountain biking' was nothing more than a bunch of hippies bombing down Marin County's Mount Tamalpais. The sport has come a long way since those days, but the story of how it all got started is one not to be missed." - Bicycling"Several histories of the invention of the mountain bike have been published, but Charlie Kelly is indisputably the man to tell the story. In Fat Tire Flyer, he relates it with attention to detail and storytelling flair. It is the definitive account." - Wall Street Journal"Fat Tire Flyer is the best first-hand account of the dawn of a new era for bike riding." - Velo magazine
"Kelly's new book, Fat Tire Flyer is a true, firsthand look at the wild beginnings of the sport of mountain biking with never before seen photos, artwork and memorabilia." - Dirt Rag magazine"Best known for chronicling the early days of mountain biking as publisher of the sport's first periodical, Charlie Kelly is legitimately one of the handful of Founding Fathers of the sport." - Bicycle Retailer and Industry News"The firsthand account of the sport's early days...Regarded as a leading archivist of mountain biking, Kelly rounds out his 264-page hardcover history with a wealth of original photos, drawings, and memorabilia." - Bicycle Retailer and Industry News"An excellent book on the birth of mountain biking...Filled with great stories, tons of information and historic photos." - Mountain Bike Action"Fat Tire Flyer is a fresh look at the awesome band of crazies who created the sport." - MTBR.com2014 PubWest Book Design Contest Gold Award Winner: Historical Books"Just like the biking; [Fat Tire Flyer is] too good, too fast, and waaay too much fun." - Jersey Pocket"Fat Tire Flyer is the first book to provide a detailed insider's account of the birth of the mountain bike, a machine that had numerous fathers but was the product of a very particular time and place. Fat Tire Flyer may not be about road bikes and Euro-style but it is not just about a new technology coming to life. It is about unforgettable characters, good friends, good times and having fun on your bike. That is something all cyclists should be able to relate to and enjoy." - PezcyclingNews.com"Illuminating and inspiring." - Mountain Flyer magazine"Fat Tire Flyer is a trip down memory lane for Charlie Kelly, the guy above whom the tornado formed. His is a collective memory, nearly omniscient in scope, the masterful narrator whose voiceover takes in a sweeping view of Northern California at a point when it was still Redwoods and hippies, pot and touring rock bands. Fat Tire Flyer will go down as the definitive history of mountain biking's start, a book indispensable to any cyclist's library." -Red Kite Prayer"Kelly candidly tells the story of the rock-n-roll-soaked years that led up to [Repack], as well as the business he started a few years later, MountainBikes, with his other roommate, Gary Fisher...Fat Tire Flyer is a terrific read, although it'll probably make you want to put the book down, dust off that clunker that's been buried in the garage, and head for the hills." - WinkBooks.com"Packed with color photos, posters, cartoons and pictures of early mountain bikes from Kelly's extensive archives, Fat Tire Flyer is being billed as 'the definitive history of one of the most significant inventions of the 20th century.'"- Marin Independent Journal"Fat Tire Flyer argues that it was Kelly and his crew who spurred the sport until it caugh on-and then rode the wave as first-generation mountain bike manufacturers." - Colorado Springs Gazette"With Fat Tire Flyer, we now have the most complete, first-hand documentation available of the mountain biking culture that resulted in a movement and industry that, even today, sees more mountain bikes being sold than any other type of bike...Fifty years from now, this book will still be the definitive work on the roots of mountain bikes." - USCyclingReport.com "Few people will be better equipped to give a first-hand account of how mountain biking developed in the early years, and Charlie Kelly has done the job justice." - Cycling World

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