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In the summer of 2005, Maurice Tierney (founder of Dirt Rag magazine) attended the Crossroads Cycling Festival at First Flight Bicycles.  He photographed several of the MOMBAT bikes and later wrote articles to go with the bikes, starting with the "Specialty Files" in issue #106.  Maurice was calling and looking for information on the bikes before finally asking us to write the articles.  Our first half page Specialty Files debuted in issue #143 and graduated to a full page four issues later.  Thirty+ issues later, still going strong!

While Dirt Rag was focusing on mountain bikes, a growing segment of the population was interested in using bicycles for more utilitarian uses.  Dirt Rag saw an opportunity to speak to these people and started publishing the Bicycle Times magazine.  The MOMBAT collection is centered around mountain bikes but also contains bikes of all areas.  Starting in issue #5, the MOMBAT submitted articles for the Vintage Velos feature and has continued to contribute for 20+ issues and counting. 

 

First Flight Bicycles/MOMBAT featured on Time Warner Channel 14 "Around Carolina" segment. 

Dirt Rag #191: 1982 TS Isaac:

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Dirt Rag #189: 1985 Fisher with adjustable geometry:

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Dirt Rag #188: 1989 Denti:

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Dirt Rag #187: 1994 Herbold Miyata:

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Dirt Rag #186: 1983 Olsen:

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Dirt Rag #185: 1946 Schwinn World:

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Dirt Rag #184: 1979 VVA Topanga!:

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Dirt Rag #183: 1987 Bontrager Trials:

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Dirt Rag #182: 1982 Fat Chance:

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Dirt Rag #181: Ringle prototype parts:

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Dirt Rag #180: 1989 Grove Innovations Hard Core:

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Dirt Rag #179: 1997 Schwinn Project Underground:

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Dirt Rag #178: 1983 Trek 850:

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Dirt Rag #177: NAHBS Judging:

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Dirt Rag #175: Retrotec Snow Cat:

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Dirt Rag #174: Legacy 2 Wheel Drive:

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Dirt Rag #173:  Rocky Mountain Weasel:
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Dirt Rag #172:  The Ace Nurd:
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Dirt Rag #171:  Yeti Ultimate:
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Dirt Rag #170:  Fisher Comp:
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Dirt Rag #169:  Dan/Ed:
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Dirt Rag #168:  Lawwill Pro Cruiser:
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Dirt Rag #167:  Unknown bike:
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Dirt Rag #166:  Crosstrac Sonoma:
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Dirt Rag #165:  Mountain Goat Route 66:
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Dirt Rag #164: Shimano Deore XT:
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Dirt Rag #163: Talon Slayer:
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Dirt Rag #162: Rock Lobster single speed:
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Dirt Rag #161: Slingshot:
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Dirt Rag #161: IRD seat quick release:
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Dirt Rag #160: Steve Potts:
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Dirt Rag #159: 1985 Raleigh Seneca:
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Dirt Rag #158: 1981 Murray Baja:
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Dirt Rag #157: 1983 Moots Mountaineer:
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 Dirt Rag #156: Fisher Alembic vs. Super Fly:
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Dirt Rag Issue #155:  Fisher Klunker, Trek Sawyer and Breezer Ignaz comparo
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Dirt Rag #154:  JC Higgins klunker
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  Dirt Rag #153 : 1983 Ibis from the MOMBAT collection
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  Dirt Rag #152 : Pinarello Antelao from the MOMBAT collection
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Dirt Rag #151 Specialty Files: 1985 Mountain Machine
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Dirt Rag #150 Specialty Files:  F'N Fat Chance
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Dirt Rag #149 Specialty Files:  Whiskeytown Racer
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Dirt Rag # 148 Specialty Files:  Trimble Carbon Cross

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Dirt Rag # 147 Specialty Files:  Bob Weir Gary Fisher
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Dirt Rag # 146 Specialty Files:  JP Weigle

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Dirt Rag # 145 Specialty Files:  American Montaneus

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Dirt Rag # 144 Specialty Files:  Retrotec Dirt Craft

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Dirt Rag # 143 Specialty Files:  Ritchey 14K

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Dirt Rag Issue #125:  Nice 2 page article featuring the adventures of Captain Dondo at the 2006 Crossroads Bike Festival. 

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Dirt Rag Specialty Files: Dirt Rag has been featuring a vintage, and/or interesting, mountain bike in each issue.  We have helped research most of the bikes and have provided pictures and descriptions of the bikes below from our museum.

-Grove Woods Prototype, issue #106

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-Breezer Series II, issue #113

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-Mantis Valkyrie, issue #116

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-Mountain Goat, issue #118  

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Dirt Rag  issue # 118 featured an article about the 2005 Crossroads Swap including a cool picture of Jacquie Phelan.

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Bike Museums

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Lightweight Bike Museum

Stingray Bike Museum

Balloon Tire Bike Museum

Bike Histories

Bowden

Columbia

William Hoefler

Olympic Bike

Original Plastic Bike

Whizzer

 

"Until mountain biking came along, the bike scene was ruled by a small elite cadre of people who seemed allergic to enthusiasm."  Jacquie Phelan

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