The Marin Museum of Bicycling, a new bicycle history museum and cultural center in Fairfax, California, held their grand opening on Saturday, June 6. The museum is also the new home of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, which has been located in Crested Butte, Colorado since 1988.
Your California Bicycle Coalition’s own Dave Snyder spoke at the grand opening celebration on June 6, welcoming the museum and Mountain Biking Hall of Fame to the birthplace of mountain biking in Marin County. He praised Joe Breeze and the museum’s other founders for their ongoing support of everything that bicycling brings to people, from the thrill of screaming down the mountain on the Repack trail to the simple joy of pedaling across town. The celebration was highlighted by a ribbon-cutting, remarks from many of the Hall’s members, and music by the band “The Right Time.” Some of our local partners were there, too, including the Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s Jim Elias and the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition’s Gary Helfrich, a Hall of Fame inductee for his pioneering work with titanium mountain bike frames.
“The Marin Museum of Bicycling features bicycles representing nearly 200 years of cycling history,” says Museum Board President Marc Vendetti. “Our exhibits include an 1868 Michaux velocipede, part of the museum’s Igler Collection…And during our opening month, we’re displaying the Specialized Tarmac that Vincenzo Nibali rode into Paris to win the 2014 Tour de France.”
The museum, open Thu-Sun 11 am to 5 pm this summer, or by appointment, is located at 1966 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in downtown Fairfax.