Enjoy this very special interview with Gary Fisher where we cover A LOT of topics. If you know gary, you know it’s best to sit back and let him tell you some great stories and that’s just what we did.
Most of us have heard the story of how Gary helped inspire the birth of modern mountain biking but what we love about this interview is hearing what lead up to those days. Running light shows for the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones, living in a commune with the New Riders of The Purple Sage. Meeting his future business partner Charlie Kelly (they both had matching Colnago bicycles). Starting the company “Mountain Bikes” in 1979 after his road racing career was set aside with the 1979 USA boycott of the Olympics.
Today, Gary works for Trek Bicycles and travels the country speaking with elected leaders and championing bicycles as a simple solution for today’s modern problems. When he’s not hanging at the library with his 3 year old son!
This interview was recorded Live from the Buddy Pegs Media booth at the 2018 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey CA.
We built this interview series from the title of our newest children’s picture book Taking The Lead that follows our animal characters along a journey to open a local bike shop and inspire their town to ride. We hope you enjoy these personal stories from bike industry executives, non-profit leaders, pro athletes, and families just like yours who are celebrating kids on bikes and inspiring families to get off the couch... and out for a ride.
Purchase our books, and download the World of Buddy Pegs podcast so you can share the love of bicycling with the kids in your life. Visit your local bike shop, or visit us at BuddyPegs.com. Remember it’s the little moments that create big memories.
Tim Goodall is the US Managing Director of the UK based children’s bicycle brand Islabikes.
Ginger and Brett Rosenbauer are the power couple behind the innovative children’s mountain bike brand Trailcraft Cycles.
Jerry Lawson spent the first 20+ years of his professional career developing new products and strategy for global retailers like Amazon and Tesco before he and his wife followed their passion for bicycling and their desire to find lightweight bikes for their children.