First Flight Bicycles/MOMBAT featured on Time Warner Channel 14 "Around Carolina" segment.
First Flight Bicycles chosen as one of the Top 100 bikes shops by Bicycling magazine (out of approximately 4,200 shops) October, 2011
Dirt Rag # 148 Specialty Files: Trimble Carbon Cross bike from the MOMBAT collection.
Bicycle Times # 5 Vintage Velos: Ibis Scorcher from the MOMBAT collection.
Dirt Rag # 146 Specialty Files: JP Weigle from the MOMBAT collection.
The MOMBAT was featured as a niche museum in the August 2009 Smithsonian Magazine web site:
Dirt Rag # 145 Specialty Files: American Montaneus from the MOMBAT collection.
Dirt Rag # 144 Specialty Files: Retrotec Dirt Craft from the MOMBAT collection.
Dirt Rag # 143 Specialty Files: Ritchey 14K from the MOMBAT collection.
December 2008 "Splatter" section:
Provided photographs of vintage Specialized bikes for the "Worlds Strongest Bikes" segment of "The Worlds Strongest: III" as seen on the History Channel in March 2008.
Mountain Bike Action December 2006, The editor of MBA, Richard Cunningham, was a featured speaker at the 2006 Crossroads Bike Festival and wrote a full page editorial about his visit. While at the festival, he helped us install the tiring on our 1885 Columbia Model Expert 52" ordinary and then took it for a spin. In the same issue, we are also listed as a resource for vintage bikes in the "Ask RC' column.
In March of 2007 a crew, from WSOC TV (Charlotte ABC affiliate), visited the shop and shot a short segment for the local news. You can view it on their web site @http://www.wsoctv.com/video/11184434/index.html
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 page 18 Click here to view the article
-Breezer Series II, issue #113 page18 Click here to view the article
-Mantis Valkyrie, issue #116 page 20 Click here to view the article
-Mountain Goat, issue #118 page 18 Click here to view the article
Dirt Rag issue # 118 featured an article about the 2005 Crossroads Swap on Page 16 including a cool picture of Jacquie Phelan.
Stumpjumper 25 years of Mountain Biking -Breakaway Books, commissioned by Specialized to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Stumpjumper. We contributed historical information to the author, Mark Riedy.
The Noblest Invention - Rodale Press, interesting book that covers many different aspects of cycling from the history of bikes through racing and advocacy. We contributed 5 photographs of bikes and parts form the museum.
Statesville Progress newspaper commuting article (August 2008)
Canadian mountain bike web site profiling the shop Click here to view the article
BIKE magazine: August 2006, nice full page article profiling the shop and the Crossroads Vintage Bike Festival.
WFAE (NPR) Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins: In March 2003 we were invited to speak about the Wright Brothers and their bicycles for the centennial of the first flight.
Hearts in Atlantis: 2001 movie starring Anthony Hopkins. We provided props for a 1960's era bicycle shop including boxed merchandise, bicycles and period correct signage.
2007 Fisher product catalog: As the Gary Fisher catalog was taking shape, a decision was made to include some historic bikes from the brands past. Planet Propaganda, who designed the catalog, sent a photographer over from Raleigh to spend the day shooting some of our vintage Fisher bikes. Check out the catalog and you should see some familiar "faces".
Gaston County Museum: We provided 5 bikes for their display of turn of the century technology.
Southern Spring Home and Garden Show: Provided bikes and parts to replicate the Wright Brothers bicycle shop. The organizers built a replica of the shop and we stocked the insides and the air museum provided a full scale replica of the '02 glider to hang overhead to celebrate the centennial of the first flight.
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