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Klunkerz – A Film About Mountain Bike History

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Years ago, long before my suburban assault rides, I used to be a mountain bike rider. I still am in spirit, just not so much with the body. After all those years of hitting the trail in the late 80s and early 90s, I had no idea where mountain biking started. So, when I heard about Billy Savage’s movie Klunkerz (released in 2007), I bought a copy and really enjoyed discovering how it all began.

You’re probably wondering why I’m just now doing a review of this movie, especially when you can probably Google a dozen, well written, reviews about it already. First, I thought I had already done a review. However, checking my archives, I discovered that I haven’t. Also, I like to support independent film makers who take the time to do stories about the things that I love – especially bicycling. I hope that the more we support these film makers, the more we’ll get stories like Klunkerz.


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Klunkerz is a brilliant documentary that does an excellent job of telling the history of the mountain bike. The movie takes you back to the early 1970s (20 years before I was into it) – where it all started in Marin County, California. Adventurous thrill seekers were dragging old, stripped down, Pre-World War II newsboy bicycles to the top of Mount Tamalpias and riding them at full speed to the bottom and into the pages of bicycle history. What they didn’t know at the time was that they were ‘re-inventing the wheel’ and starting a new era of bicycling.

Eventually, through necessity and innovation, the bikes evolved from single speed ‘Klunkerz’ to custom built mountain bikes with gears and stronger frames. By the early 1980s, it had grown so much that almost every bike company was making mountain bikes. By 1986, mountain bikes were outselling road bikes.

Among those thrill seekers and innovators were folks like Joe BreezeGary FisherAlan BondsCharlie KellyTom RitcheyRuss MahonMike SinyardBob BurrowesWende CraggCharlie CunninghamOtis GuyJames McLeanSteve PottsJacquie PhelanChris LangRobert StewartFred Wolf and John Finley Scott – some names you may recognize, some you might not.

Every time I watch this film, I’m inspired to get on a mountain bike again and hit the trails.

If you like mountain biking, or just bicycling in general, you should pick up a copy of Klunkerz. If you’ve seen it already, dust off your old copy and watch it again.

Old Stuff From My Tumblr Blog

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Before I started any of my blogs, I was keeping a Tumblr log of all the cool things that I’ve found on the internet.

I recently searched for something over here at Suburban Assault and couldn’t find it, only to discover that I had posted it over there. So, I decided to do a little merging and pull some of those posts over to this blog. Most of this is random and out-of-date, but I wanted to keep them in one place:

JUNE 21, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

Best Father’s Day EVER! (via dickdavid) Today, my daughter decided to take a ride with me. It was a bit slow and we didn’t go very far, but I don’t care. I got to share one of my favorite things with my little girl.   I’ll never forget this father’s day.

Best Father’s Day EVER! (via dickdavid)

Today (JUNE 21, 2009), my daughter decided to take a ride with me. It was a bit slow and we didn’t go very far, but I don’t care. I got to share one of my favorite things with my little girl. I’ll never forget this father’s day.

JUNE 13, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

I read about “Panda” shots on the Change Your Life, Ride A Bike Blog. I’ve seen these types of shots all the time, but never knew there was a term that was used for them. I guess these are what you would call the cycling equivalent to a “Facebook” or “MySpace” shot, where you take one of yourself from arm’s distance away. Here is the official description from the flickr group:

“Why are these called “pandas?” Well, ya see, there’s this rad chick who goes by the name faster panda kill kill. She takes rad self-portraits while riding her bike. They are so rad, in fact, that a group was formed to record similar self-portraits cuz, really, just about anyone who has a camera and rides bikes also takes these self-portraits.”

May 15, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

G-STAR RAW & Cannondale Present RAW CANNONDALE

THIS BIKE IS PERFECT! I’m such a 2-Wheel Whore.

© AquireMag.com

© AquireMag.com

April 14, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

••• BIKE SHOW & RIDE ••• SUNDAY - APRIL 19!!!! (DALLAS) http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/bik/1119223732.html
February 19, 2009 / April 12, 2009 ______________________________________________________________________

I’m not sure if there will be a vote or if they just choose. Either way, here are my entries.

April 10, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

This is something I can totally get into. Bikes and Art!! I’m only sad that they’re not coming to Dallas.

© ARTCRANK

© ARTCRANK

© ARTCRANK

Pictures from Artcrank.

March 25, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

Klunkerz: A Film About Mountain Bike History (via klunkerbill)

March 4, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

Saw this on Bicycle Times’ site. I’m joining to see what it’s all about.

© World Commute

February 25, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

I filled out a questionnaire about what I love about riding and it looks like it’ll be published. That’s me in the top center. I wish I had a more exciting shot or at least something fun to submit, but for now, I’ll just have to settle for this goofy pic.

© UrbanVelo

February 23, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

Carnival (via dickdavid) I really dislike carnivals. They attract lower income folks and trick them into spending more money than they can afford. They are interesting to photograph.

Carnival (via dickdavid)

I really dislike carnivals. They attract lower income folks and trick them into spending more money than they can afford. They are interesting to photograph.

February 16, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

I saw this on Urban Velo this morning. These are great city bikes that are highly customizable – and at a great price. If I didn’t already get my current single speed at such a great price, I would definitely be looking into this brand.

© Republic Bike

May 12, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________