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Klunkerz (2006)

In the late 1960s through the 1970s a group of cyclists in Northern California's Marin County turned the bicycle world upside-down by taking their adventures off-road.


William Savage

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Long before the mountain bike entered our global consciousness, the cycling enthusiasts of Northern California's Marin County rode modified pre-WWII bicycles down the slopes of Mount Tamalpais. They developed their bikes through rigorous field-testing, often risking life and limb to do so. Some of these cyclists were Category-1 road racers looking for a new way to train during the off-season. Others were simply fun-loving hippies looking for a new way to commune with nature. Their early bikes were scavenged from dumpsters and junkyards. It was from these humble beginnings that a multi-billion dollar industry, a form of recreation for the masses, and an Olympic event, were born. These hefty steeds were affectionately known as Klunkerz. Written by William Savage

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They Re-Invented the Wheel


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Release Date:

26 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Marin County, California, USA


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$200,000 (estimated)
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Pumelo Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Gary Fisher: It was this party out in the woods.
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Every Cyclist should see this Documentary
9 June 2008 | by fattirejournalSee all my reviews

When Bill Savage contacted me in early 2004 to tell me about his project called KLUNKERZ, I recoiled in fear. Good Luck, I told him sarcastically. At that time I had no idea he possessed the guts and determination it took to create the definitive film about the roots of mountain biking.

After carefully viewing the film twice, I am convinced KLUNKERZ belongs in the pantheon of definitive sports films along side On Any Sunday, Endless Summer, Riding Giants, North Dallas Forty and Slapshot. There is a labor of love at work here that becomes evident immediately. Informative, entertaining and respectful, this film is required viewing for anybody who ever straddled a Stingray, hammered up hills on a 10 speed, or bunny-hopped a Stump Jumper.

Riding mountain bikes is not just a sport to most of its participants. It is a religion. A way of life. Bill Savage, a Marin County founding father himself, has taken his time and his own money to carefully and passionately construct a cohesive and detailed documentary that never strays from the point. The cast list reads like the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. If you don't know the names Bonds, Breeze, Kelly, Fisher, Ritchey and McLean you will not only know them, but forever speak of them with awe and reverence, after seeing KLUNKERZ. Bill Savages' KLUNKERZ answers the frequently debated post ride questions: "Who invented the Mountain Bike?" and "How and Where did Mountain Biking begin?" Only a wheeze bag would not want to see this film.

Jerry Martin Producer The Fat Tire Journal

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