Hanging with Charlie Kelly at the Marin Museum of Bicycling!
Photos and words by Kyle Kelley
When in Marin you better make it a point to do one of two things. The first thing I’d recommend is going on a ride and taking a stab at the world record Repack decent of 4:22 still held by Gary Fisher on a Klunker! The second thing I’d recommend is getting over to the Marin Museum of Bicycling! If you have time, I’d even suggest you do them both. I would even go as far to say that you should ride down from the mountains straight into the museum, high on Klunker stoke, knowing that you just rode the fire roads where legends were born.
I was unable to go on a ride because of time, but will most definitely be up in the coming Spring to give Gary Fisher a run for his money. Sean from Team Dream and I were visiting Northern California to attend one of our good friend’s wedding around the Point Reyes area, it was a quick trip so there was no riding in our cards, but we definitely made the time for the Marin Museum of Bicycling.
We were greeted by Connie Breeze, who sadly told us Joe Breeze wouldn’t be giving us the tour of the museum that day because he was out, but a second later Charlie Kelly walked around the corner and Connie said he’d be the one giving Sean and I the tour. Sean and I looked at each other and couldn’t have been more stoked!
During the next two hours, Sean and I learned more about the beginnings of mountain biking and than we ever could have reading books or scanning the internet. Neither of us wanted to leave but we were already running late to the wedding and we had two pissed off girlfriends! Charlie didn’t seem to want us to leave either because he just kept the stories coming! But don’t worry Charlie, we’ll be back! And thank you for the issues of Fat Tire Flyer!