Transpo riders may not know this, but long before they went into building fully-outfitted commuters, Breezer got its start making mountain bikes. In fact, Joe Breeze is credited with building the first-ever purpose-built mountain bike clear back in 1977. That bike, dubbed “Breezer #1″, will be on display Saturday, November 5 from 1-3 pm at the Bicycling Hall of Fame Museum in Davis, CA. The Hall of Fame’s new mountain bike exhibit will open tomorrow in conjunction with the U.S. Bicycling Hall Of Fame’s annual induction ceremonies that same evening. Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, Jacquie Phelan, Steve Potts, Ned Overend, and other mountain bike luminaries will be on hand for the event.
From the press release:
Breezer #1 is considered the first all-new mountain bike. The lineage of today’s mountain bikes is directly linked to it. Constructed by Joe Breeze in Mill Valley, CA in 1977, it was the first mountain bike with a new frame built specifically for mountain biking, equipped with all-new components. Previous mountain bikes were an assemblage of used parts, and were called “klunkers.
After this show, Breezer #1 will become part of the collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Since 1986, the Breezer had been part of the Oakland Museum’s “California— A Place, A People, A Dream” exhibit, documenting sports and activities invented, created or popularized in California.
While the Hall Of Fame’s mountain bike exhibit will be showing through November, Breezer #1 will only be on view this Saturday, November 5, from 1 to 3 p.m as part of the Mountain Bike History Celebration. On the same day, many of mountain biking’s early pioneers will be on hand, including Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, Jacquie Phelan, Steve Potts, and Ned Overend.