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Title Oral History of Joe Breeze
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, bicycling legend Joe Breeze recounts a life devoted to riding, racing, designing, and building bicycles, as well as to fostering and promoting bicycle culture more generally. Born in San Francisco in 1953, Joe grew up in Mill Valley and, at the time of this oral history, had lived in Marin County his whole life. Joe recalls how his father introduced him to bicycling at a time in American history when it was a culturally marginal activity and recounts how, with his parents’ support and encouragement, he and his brothers took epic summer rides on the highways and backroads of California and beyond beginning in their teenage years. In the early 1970s there was a bicycle boom in America that Joe and some of his friends from the Marin County bicycling community played no small part in as inventors of the mountain bike and pioneers of the sport. Joe describes designing and building his first Breezer bicycles in the mid-1970s and his participation over the decades in expanding bicycle culture, culminating in his founding of the Marin Museum of Bicycling in 2013. Throughout this oral history Joe expresses his love for the natural beauty of Marin and evokes the unique qualities of its culture that supported and nourished his life’s work.
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Dates of Creation 2015-08-03
Narrator's name Breeze, Joe
Interviewer Schwartz, Debra
Extent and Medium Transcript: 34pp
Recording: 01:15:00
Search Terms Bicycle racing
Bicycles
Bicycling
Breeze, Bill
Cippolina, Gino
Cippolina, Mario
Cragg, Larry
Cragg, Wende
Entrepreneurs
Guy, Otis
Kelly, Charlie
Marin Museum of Bicycling
Maytag, Fritz
Mill Valley Cyclery
Mt. Tamalpais
Museums
Potts, Steve
Vendetti, Marc
Wolf, Fred
Object ID 2016.019.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. 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.