Mountain Biking

Ever wonder where mountain biking came from? Mountain biking’s origins are a fascinating story that brings together the 1970s bike boom, the Summer of Love, road bike racing, the Grateful Dead, shop class, the back-to-the-land movement…all fueled by a desire to make the world a better place and have some fun along the way.

I’m currently working on a book on the origins and growth of mountain biking, along with a series of articles on trail building and trail access issues. Watch the video below for a synopsis of my work. I’ve also created the Mountain Biking History & Culture Archive, which integrates my research and teaching.

For a more in-depth account, you can peruse my dissertation. Feedback always welcome, as the dissertation is a draft for further published works to come!


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  1. Hi Sarah, I am the editor of a website called the ECOreport ( Would it be possible to repost your youtube video Renegades of Biking? I would, of course, both credit you and link to the original. Roy L Hales (1-250-935-6328, which is in Canada)

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