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'You see things on a cycle in a way that is completely different from any other.'

                                                                     Robert Pirsig,
                            Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance  
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Cyclists first experimented with fat tires and off-road biking in the 1930s, but the style didn't take until the 1970s. Soon after, Tom Ritchey built the first mountain bike for Gary Fisher, who eventually started the first mountain bike business.  
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Moab, Utah, is a Mecca for mountain bikers. The unique 'slickrock' that covers much of the area is ideal for riding—smoothly contoured and, despite its name, just gritty enough in texture to provide excellent traction.  
Credit: oi2.com 
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Henri Desgrange, a French cyclist and journalist, established the world's most prestigious cycling race in 1903. The Tour de France covers 2,500 miles of varied terrain through France and parts of neighboring countries.  
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Mountain biking's colorful slang has evolved from motorcycling, skiing, and surfing cultures: A 'yard sale' is a bad spill that leaves equipment scattered. 'Wild pigs' are poorly adjusted brake pads that squeal.  
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Scotsman Kirkpatrick Macmillan is credited with inventing the first bike in 1839, although his version never gained popularity. In 1861, two Frenchmen created a cycle that eventually received a U.S. patent.  
Credit: Tom Bol, oi2.com 
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Whether riding singletrack along Costa Rican terrain or attacking Moab slickrock, most mountain bikers strive for 'The Zone,' a state of mind often described as 'mystical' as the bike seems to glide over the roughest trails.  
 
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