Video: Meet Joe Breeze maker of the first purpose built MTB

From a Schwinn Excelsior klunker to the nickel-plated Breezer Series 3

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Breeze is still building bikes today. The Breezer line includes commuters, enduro bikes, and a lot in between.

Breeze is still building bikes today. The Breezer line includes commuters, enduro bikes, and a lot in between (click to enlarge).

You can make a solid argument that Joe Breeze created the first purpose built mountain bike. The Californian was at the epicenter of the sport’s birth in the late 1970s, when people first started riding old balloon-tire bikes in the woods. Breeze was so enamored with the new activity, he built his own “mountain bike.” And then another and another.

On his first ride on Breezer No. 1 Joe won the famed Repack Downhill.

On his first ride on Breezer No. 1, Joe won the famed Repack Downhill (click to enlarge).

In this great video from the Pro’s Closet Museum Series, Breeze talks about those early days and the progression of his first bicycles — from the inspiration of his Schwinn Excelsior klunker to the nickel-plated Breezer Series 3, which is on display, along with other notable vintage bicycles, at The Pro’s Closet’s Vintage Bicycle Museum in Boulder, Colorado. As for Breezer No. 1, it lives at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.


About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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