40 Years with Hans Rey. Who better to ride us through over 40 years of mountain bike innovation than “No Way Rey” himself?
Highlights from Han’s garage including the Tioga disc! I returned to MTB in 2013 and now have gotten super into snow biking. Don’t miss the early carbon MTB either. Hans wraps up the video with a plug for ebikes.
If the history of MTB interests you, see the Marin Museum of Bicycling. As they note
Mountain biking has existed in one form or another since the dawn of cycling. Few roads were paved in the 19th century, so most early cyclists rode on dirt roads or trails. Some examples of early off-road riding stand out. One is the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps, a regiment of riders who customized bicycles to carry gear over rough terrain. In August 1896, the riders, black enlisted men and a white lieutenant, rode from Missoula, Montana, to Yellowstone National Park and back—an arduous trip to be sure! Their mission: to test the bicycle for military use in mountainous terrain. The following year they rode still farther, from Missoula to St Louis.
Then in the 70s that much photographed bike you’ve seen happened.…