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Inside the Marin Museum of Bicycling

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This 1941 Schwinn DX Excelsior was rescued by Otis Guy from a junkyard in 1974 and was one of the many 'clunkers' used in 1970s

This 1941 Schwinn DX Excelsior was rescued by Otis Guy from a junkyard in 1974 and was one of the many 'clunkers' used in 1970s (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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An Otis Guy Softride, built buy Otis Guy in Marin County

An Otis Guy Softride, built buy Otis Guy in Marin County (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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1988 Fat Chance Team Comp (weight: 25 pounds/11.34 kilograms)

1988 Fat Chance Team Comp (weight: 25 pounds/11.34 kilograms) (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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A custom-painted Salsa

A custom-painted Salsa (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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With matching seat tube pump

With matching seat tube pump (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Specialized's first Stumpjumper

Specialized's first Stumpjumper (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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An early Ritchey Mountainbike

An early Ritchey Mountainbike (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Mountain biking pioneers used old Schwinn frames for prototype mountain bikes, dubbing them 'Clunkers'

Mountain biking pioneers used old Schwinn frames for prototype mountain bikes, dubbing them 'Clunkers' (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Repack Road and Mount Tam' were the playgrounds of the early mountain bike pioneers

Repack Road and Mount Tam' were the playgrounds of the early mountain bike pioneers (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Another 'Clunker' from the 1970s

Another 'Clunker' from the 1970s (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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1983 Richard Sachs

1983 Richard Sachs (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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1964 Bianchi Specialissima

1964 Bianchi Specialissima (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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1951 Bianchi Paris-Roubaix

1951 Bianchi Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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1989 Kestrel MX-Z - the first full-carbon production mountain bike frame

1989 Kestrel MX-Z - the first full-carbon production mountain bike frame (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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1990 Mantis Flying V

1990 Mantis Flying V (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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1992 Mountain Cycle San Andreas

1992 Mountain Cycle San Andreas (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Myles Rockwell's 1998 Cannondale Fulcrum DH Team

Myles Rockwell's 1998 Cannondale Fulcrum DH Team (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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A 'jackshaft' drive system allowed soace for the dual-link suspension design

A 'jackshaft' drive system allowed soace for the dual-link suspension design (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Myles Rockwell's 2000 UCI downhill world championships winning Giant ATX oneDH

Myles Rockwell's 2000 UCI downhill world championships winning Giant ATX oneDH (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Kate Courtney's 2018 world championships winning S-Works Epic

Kate Courtney's 2018 world championships winning S-Works Epic (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Courtney lives a short drive away from the Marin Museum of Bicycling

Courtney lives a short drive away from the Marin Museum of Bicycling (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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The 'Safety Bicycle' was built between 1885 and 1892 and shares many design features from today's bicycles

The 'Safety Bicycle' was built between 1885 and 1892 and shares many design features from today's bicycles (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Vincenzo Nibali's 2014 Tour de France winning S-Works Tarmac

Vincenzo Nibali's 2014 Tour de France winning S-Works Tarmac (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Juli Furtado's Team GT 1996 GT Xizang featuring titanium tubing

Juli Furtado's Team GT 1996 GT Xizang featuring titanium tubing (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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The 1999 Moots YBB 29er was one of the very first, if not the first, 29-inch mountain bikes with full two-inch tyres, according to the Museum

The 1999 Moots YBB 29er was one of the very first, if not the first, 29-inch mountain bikes with full two-inch tyres, according to the Museum (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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1995 Trek Y-33 features a carbon monocoque front section and an aluminium rear tubed section

1995 Trek Y-33 features a carbon monocoque front section and an aluminium rear tubed section (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Jimmy Deaton's 1992 Yeti ARC-AS, which one the 1993 Mammoth Mountain Kamikaze downhill race, the front chainring has 66-teeth

Jimmy Deaton's 1992 Yeti ARC-AS, which one the 1993 Mammoth Mountain Kamikaze downhill race, the front chainring has 66-teeth (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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Foes Racing 1992 USA LTS 18 Prototype

Foes Racing 1992 USA LTS 18 Prototype (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)
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1993 Bruce Gordon Rock'n Road

1993 Bruce Gordon Rock'n Road (Image credit: Josh Evans/Immediate Media)

This article first appeared on BikeRadar.

Located in Fairfax, California, the Marin Museum of Bicycling sits in the shadow of Repack Road and Mount Tamalpais, where the pioneers of mountain biking raced, crashed and flew on bikes made from junkyard scrap, developing the sport into what we know today.

The museum was founded by Joe Breeze, Otis Guy, Marc Vendetti, Julia Violich, Keith Hastings and Lena Maria Estrella and opened in 2015.

Featuring the evolution of the mountain bike, the museum is home to a number of ‘Clunkers’, which are junkyard 1940s Schwinn frames adapted to downhill mountain biking, all the way through to Kate Courtney’s 2018 world-championships-winning Specialized S-Works Epic.

Many of the bikes were donated or loaned to the museum from Mountain Bike Hall of Fame members.

Alongside early and modern mountain bikes, the museum also hosts the Igler Collection, which showcases the 19th-century evolution of the bicycle and features plenty of designs that wouldn’t be out of place on a modern-day bicycle.

Vincenzo Nibali’s 2014 Tour de France Specialized S-Works Tarmac is also on display, alongside a number of other vintage road-racing bikes.

This brief gallery cannot begin to do justice to the bicycles, components, photography, history and exhibits on display at the Marin Museum of Bicycling and if you are ever in California, making a visit to the museum is a must.

Visit the Marin Museum of Bicycling and the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame website to learn more.