Fat-Tire Flyer: The Birth of Mountain Biking with Charlie Kelly

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 6:00pm Berkeley Public Library

Charlie Kelly visits the Library to talk about the origins of Mountain Biking and the new Marin Museum of Bicycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Learn about the first Mountain Bike races on Repack Mountain in Marin from one of the sport’s pioneers. 

Charlie Kelly was one of the original California riders participating in the Repack Downhill since 1976, and has gone on to promote the sport extensively. Kelly is now the West Coast editor of Mountain Bike Magazine. He has written for Bicycling, founded and edited Fat Tire Flyer, and wrote the book, Richard’s Mountain Bike Book for the Richard’s Bicycle Books series.

During the 1970s, Kelly, Gary Fisher, and Tom Richey formed a team, which solidified many areas of growth in the industry. Between the three of them, rapid advanced were made in mountain biking technology, and encouragement was handed out to the likes of racers including Joe Murray. They all continue to participate in the sport in different areas and have all been elected to the Hall of Fame.  

The event will take place in the 3rd Floor Community Meeting Room of the Berkeley Public Library at 2090 Kittredge St.