Monday, March 17, 2014

Movie Review - Klunkerz

No matter what type of bike you ride Klunkerz is a wonderful documentary that tells how “a group of stupid hippies turned the bike world on its ear”. It reveals how mountain bikes evolved into what they are today. Not through the minutia of the parts they used or the frames they built, because in those early years building a “klunker” as mountain bikes were first known. It was “part scavenger hunt, part black art” as the early builders were working with parts and frames not designed to be used the way they were. 

Klunkerz tells the story of the individuals and groups who influenced the development of a new way of cycling, in their own words. You'll hear from many of the original riders of these early mountain bikes, including those who went became industry names. People like Joe Breeze, Tom Ritchey, and Gary Fisher. Along with Wende Cragg; the first woman mountain biker and John Finley; a sociology professor who was an early investor and 20 years early had built a klunker of his own. 

Through their memories you'll see how mountain bike rides were “a party in the woods” that allowed for more exploration nature. How the Crested Butte Bike Week became the worlds oldest mountain bike festival. And how a friendly arms race to have the fastest bike became the motivation to create what we now recognize as a mountain bike. Klunkerz provides a unique insight into a sport, a bike, and an industry developed and created in America. Through the people who made it happen. It is like listening to an old group friends hanging out and talking about how when they were young they thought they would change the world. Only to realize that they had changed the world without knowing it. 

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