Chubby does a 5 mile hike through Mount Tam (and looks super cute doing so, delicately navigating his way through all the rocky trails)! Sweet doge was feeling so brave and curious and even posed on a rock when we got to East Peak (elevation 2574 ft).
Fall Inspiration: Marin County Mountain Biking in the 1970s
Maybe denim and flannel is not the freshest take on what to wear in the fall, but I can’t help but absorb the vibe of the original mountain bikers: a group of (primarily) guys who raced a course called Repack in late 70s Marin a County, California. These photos look like a current retro lookbook for a brand like Levi’s Vintage Clothing or Band of Outsiders: medium wash denim, sawtooth pocket western shirts (with a DIY frayed hem), trucker jackets, cords, boots and vintage (well, NOW they’re vintage) Nikes. Next time you’re thinking of canceling a ride because you can’t find your lightweight merino baselayer, throw on a shredded chamois shirt instead. All the better for sliding under locked fire road gates.
Ben Marks interviewed some of the core players in the Repack scene, including Gary Fisher, whose small partnership with frame builder Tom Ritchey evolved into a dominant player in the mountain bike industry. At the time, most riders were flying downhill on heavy steel Schwinns from the 1940s, reinforced with custom bars and brakes. See also the Rolling Dinosaur archive for more photos from Wende Cragg, who shot it all with her Nikon and 35mm slide film.
The Marin Civic Center, 20 miles north of San Francisco, was the last project of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Although Wright died in 1959, the project was pursued under the direction of Aaron Green, his apprentice. It was finished in 1962.