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The Birth of Dirt: The Origins of Mountain Biking

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Tracing the origins of mountain biking back to Marin County, Northern California in 1970, this book covers such topics as: who invented the mountain bike; definitions; the chronological story; predecessors that weren't mountain bikes; the origin of the name; and lessons for cycling historians.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Cycle Publishing
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Richard Hunt
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully quixotic and quirky read. A ramshackle recollection that skews closer to oral history than an academic tome, which makes it perfect for the subject at hand.

In the pantheon of sport (which is an awful phrase to heap on any activity that's supposed to be fun, evoking dusty accounts of Marquess of Queensberry rules for boxing and textbook synopses of the first Olympiads held in Athens...although, for those matches where the victor got the laurel wreath and the losers got, umm, death
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