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History // Born From Junk – The Outlaw Origins of Mountain Biking

“Born From Junk” traces the outlaw roots of mountain biking back to its raw beginnings, where a crew of unlikely pioneers in pursuit of wild times in the mountains expoded into a global phenomenon.

Out of dirt and necessity came a new way to have fun in the mountains. Around 1974, a small group of rowdy locals started modifying their bikes into what became known as “klunkers”—junkyard-sourced bikes cobbled together with a mix of dirt bike, BMX and salvaged bicycle parts. These early riders revelled in the high-speed descents of the area’s mining roads and mountain passes. They rode and raced and partied like there was no tomorrow. There was no ambition, no plan. Yet we know exactly what came from this place and time…

Read the full piece and bask in the epic historical pics over at Freehub Magazine