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Title Oral History of Steve Potts
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content Esteemed mountain biking pioneer Steve Potts was born and raised in Tamalpais Valley. From an early age, Steve learned to live with and off the land, learning to hike, fish, and hunt. These formative experiences led to a lifelong connection with Mt. Tamalpais and the great outdoors. After taking to bicycle riding as a child, Steve developed an interest in motorcycle racing while at Tamalpais High School and became a professional motorcycle racer at the age of 17. Shortly thereafter, Steve turned his sights to mountain biking. In his oral history, Steve shares his passion for mountain biking and explains how he ventured into building and repairing mountain bikes; first as a personal project, and later, as a profession. Steve was a co-founder of Wilderness Trail Bikes, a successful producer of mountain bike parts, and later began selling custom, hand-built bicycles through his own Steve Potts Bicycles brand. Steve shares his insight as a craftsman and builder, emphasizing the important lessons learned from developing a skilled trade. He also discusses the changes he's witnessed in Mill Valley and the importance of family, particularly the influence his parents had on his life and his connection with his two sons.
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Dates of Creation 2014-12-06
Narrator's name Potts, Steve
Interviewer Schwartz, Debra and Vogelheim, Charlie
Extent and Medium Transcript: 37pp
Recording: 01:56:02
Search Terms Bicycles
Bicycling
Breeze, Bill
Breeze, Joe
Cunningham, Charlie
Entrepreneurs
Exploration
Motorcycle racing
Motorcycles
Mt. Tamalpais
Potts, Brennan
Potts, Daniel
Potts, Frank
Potts, Jeanette
Potts, Lloyd
Potts, Ron
Slate, Mark
Youth
Object ID 2016.017.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2014. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.