<"Dude, lets go on a klunk!”
Famous words, famous beginnings, the start of a whole cultural phenomenon. Old Schwinn newsboy bikes stripped of all their superfluous pieces and raced down a mountain because it was fun. Humble beginnings for a a worldwide sport!
Friday the 9th was “Ride to the Movies with Gary Fisher!” It was an event that took place at the East-side Trek Store with cooperation with the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin that brought Fisher to out store to hang out, then ride to the local theater to watch a documentary on the beginnings of the whole mountainbiking craze. The movie is called Klunkerz and offers a unique insight into how this all got started. Sure, some parts are missing but it’s a great film and I highly suggest you check it out if cycling is your passion! Following the movie there was an awesome Q & A session with Fisher and the other 200-odd cyclists there; listening to him talk is just great. Lots of ideas, very candid and just seems like a cool dude to hang out with.
That last point I can attest to, after the movies we rode back to the store for a private party with Trek employees and some special guests. I had the opportunity to speak with Fisher for a little bit about some different things, most notably Highschool MTB teams — it’s something he believes is a great way to get people into the sport, and was quite surprised to hear that my Highschool Alma Mater had a MTB team, and that’s how I got my start. It was awesome. It’s definitely different talking to someone who you respect so incredibly much, but when actually chat … he’s just another guy who loves bikes and is trying to change the world 2 wheels at a time. It’s fantastic. I am one extremely proud Fisher owner to say the least.