You should really go.
Check out this bonkers likeness of Baroo done in felted wool.
You may recall a popular blog post from April, 2017 Featuring photos from Tim Thulin and story by Mike Jarschke on their amazing adventures with Charlie Kelly and company as they took a bus from California to the 1981 Pearl Pass Tour in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Today I’m very stoked to show you more documentation of those heady times by Kevin Montgomery who was one of the riders on that bus. Kevin was gracious enough to agree to share these photos from the year prior with us and we couldn’t be happier to help shine a light on these images of an era past. An era whose spirit is seeing a modern resurgence as more folks than ever are realizing it’s not the results, but the people and the stories that matter most.
These shots were brought to our attention by our buddy Kinki Cycle so hat tip to him.
All captions by the photographer
had never seen this one before. a bunch of spots I don’t recognize is always a thrill to see.
In the early 1970s, Geoff Apps began developing off-road bicycles. If Geoff had been based in the US, he’d doubtless have hooked up with Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, Charlie Kelly, Tom Ritchey and the rest of the Mountain Bike Mafia. But Geoff was a Brit, and he developed his designs in isolation on the south east coast of England. His bikes are a fascinating byway in the development of two-wheeled transport.
In 1962, Geoff’s family moved from east London to the foot of the Chiltern Hills. He soon discovered woods riding and began to modify his bicycles appropriately. In time he became an expert motorbike trials rider, but he never lost his love for the simplicity and quiet of cycling.
As Geoff’s modifications became more ambitious, his trials experience became more important as an influence. It informed the high bottom bracket and upright riding position he favoured, gentle on the wrists and perfect for low-speed balance. In those days Geoff was frequently to be seen riding the muddy, winding forest trails in full tweeds, exuding grace and refinement. Geoff himself said “…you’ve got to look dignified and relaxed, even when you’re riding through twelve inches of crud…”
I am super stoked to update my stable with the new Salsa Bear Grease. I’ve got five or so rides on it so far, and am loving the wheel size. The most notable difference between this and my old 26″ wheel Bear Grease is the increased traction.
With the 45NRTH Van Helga rear tire turned backwards and the GX Eagle drivetrain, this thing will climb anything as long as I can remain seated. For those of you who are local to MPLS I was able to ride more of the nasty uphill rock gardens at Brownie lake during icy snow conditions than I could on my regular mtb when dry. It’s really incredible, this thing just hooks up.
Here’s the build.
Salsa Bear Grease
Year: 2019 Size: Large Wheel Size: 27.5″
Cranks: Truvativ Stylo Carbon Fatbike
Wheels: Whisky Carbon Rims, Industry 9 hubs, DT Swiss Super Comp Spokes
Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle
Brakes: SRAM Guide RSC
Saddle: Terry Ti Fly
Tires: 45NRTH Van Helga