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The History Of Mountain Biking

The History Of Mountain Biking

There is a lot of history and information out there in regards to the history and origins of mountain biking, with some being recognized and some that depend on who has the best firm of public relations.

Some say that mountain biking began with the Buffalo Soldiers, which was a turn-of-the-century infantry who customized bikes to carry gear over the rough and tough terrain. They began in August of 1896, 800 miles. Their mission was simple – to test bikes for military use in the toughest of terrain.

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Others say it was the Velo Cross Club of France that started mountain biking. The club was comprised of 20 young bikers from Paris, who between 1951 and 1956 developed a sport that resembles present-day mountain biking.

It could have also been John Finley Scott, who was the first mountain biker in the U.S. In 1953 he constructed what he called a “Woodsie Bike”, using a diamond frame, balloon tires, flat handlebars, and cantilever brakes. He was more than 20 years
ahead of his time. Even though he remained an off-road enthusiast, many at that time didn’t share that same passion.

Today, we believe that the history of the mountain bike is most apparent in Northern California. There are a few areas that claim to be the first community for mountain biking, although each and every history book will tell you about Marin County.

The sport of mountain biking has taken many twists and turns over the last several hundred years. Even though many say different things about the history and the beginning, we know one thing for sure – one thing has led to another and the sport of mountain biking was born.

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