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.

-Pete

The Daring ’70s and ’80s
The Washington Post digs through their photo archive to look at some of the daring fashions of the ’70s and early ’80s. (Included is an early photo of British designer Paul Smith!)

The Daring ’70s and ’80s

The Washington Post digs through their photo archive to look at some of the daring fashions of the ’70s and early ’80s. (Included is an early photo of British designer Paul Smith!)

Spotted at Pitti Uomo.

Spotted at Pitti Uomo.

Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles, grocery shopping in Los Angeles. 1970.

Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles, grocery shopping in Los Angeles. 1970.

Los Angeles Electrical Workers’ Fashion Show, 1970
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Los Angeles Electrical Workers’ Fashion Show, 1970

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I got a kick out of this San Francisco Chronicle retrospective on the style of basketball legend Rick Barry, from his preppy days through an extended neck scarf period through till today’s elderly mountain gentleman (?) aesthetic. Some good, some truly horrible, a lot of interesting.

I got a kick out of this San Francisco Chronicle retrospective on the style of basketball legend Rick Barry, from his preppy days through an extended neck scarf period through till today’s elderly mountain gentleman (?) aesthetic. Some good, some truly horrible, a lot of interesting.

Are you man enough to fill it?
(Thanks, Corey)

Are you man enough to fill it?

(Thanks, Corey)

From Glen Baxter’s Blizzards of Tweed.

From Glen Baxter’s Blizzards of Tweed.

I think that this guy, who goes by LabelKing on StyleForum, is just tremendous. His real name is Jeffrey something. You want personal style? You got it right here. Personal style and a half.

I think that this guy, who goes by LabelKing on StyleForum, is just tremendous. His real name is Jeffrey something. You want personal style? You got it right here. Personal style and a half.

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