Check out the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame while you're at it

The Marin Museum of Bicycling, the home of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, will be hosting its annual Bike Swap on June 3rd. The swap meet, which will take up two parking lots, should be a fun time, and there will be a live band at the location.

We talked with Charlie Kelly, one of the four “Founding Fathers of Mountain Biking” ( the others are Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, and Tom Ritchey), and Charlie expects that many of the original mountain bike pioneers of the 1970s and 1980s will be on hand.

“It’s actually a very good swap meet,” Charlie told us. “I’ve seen some pretty cool bikes at the event in the past.” Charlie says that it’s not uncommon for somebody to show up with a 1989 Stumpjumper that they had in their garage. Among the many mountain bike legends that Charlie expects to be in attendance are Otis Guy, Joe Breeze, Wende Cragg and Scot Nichol, the founder of Ibis. “Gary Fisher sometimes makes an appearance,” Charlie told us.

Charlie Kelly and Gary Fisher were partners in the early days of the sport, over 40 years ago, when the two of them formed the company MountainBikes to outfit and sell the early mountain bike frames that Tom Ritchey was building in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Joe Breeze was also making mountain bikes around the same time. Historically, Joe Breeze gets the credit for building the world’s first mountain bike, which is now part of the Smithsonian Collection in Washington, D.C.  Tom Ritchey built his first mountain bike at close to the same time, but Joe’s bike is the one that usually gets the credit for being the first

Anyone who wants to reserve a booth space or table at the Marin Bike Swap to sell their old bikes or gear might still be able to reserve a space by going to [email protected]. The location of the event is next to the Marin Museum of Bicycling, which is located at 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.,  Fairfax, CA 94930. Phone: (415) 450-8000.  Joe Breeze is the curator of the museum. Website, Admission to the event is free.

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