First Flight Bicycles/MOMBAT featured on Time Warner Channel 14 "Around Carolina" segment. 

BIKE magazine 20th Anniversary issue featuring 5 MOMBAT bikes:
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Bicycle Retailer and Industry News Top 100 Bike Shops:
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Lake Norman Magazine:  July 2012:
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First Flight Bicycles chosen as one of the Top 100 bikes shops by Bicycling magazine (out of approximately 4,200 shops) October, 2011

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April 2011 Bicycle Retail and Industry News:
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NC Main Street Best Facade Rehab Under $10K award  January 2011

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June 2010 Mountain Bike magazine:

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Mountain Bike: Jan/Feb 2010, MOMBAT mention in the MB Rankings

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The MOMBAT was featured as a niche museum in the August 2009 Smithsonian Magazine web site:

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  February 2007, Full four page spread featuring some of our vintage bikes and parts including bikes from Grove, Breezer, Manitou, Raleigh Tomac and Mantis.   PAGE1    PAGE2    PAGE3    PAGE4

Mountain Bike Action  March 2006, nice article covering the shop   PAGE1    PAGE2    PAGE3    PAGE4 Includes some great photos by our friend, Wes Stearns of Artist Eye Photography.

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. 

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.

BIKE magazine: August 2006, nice full page article profiling the shop and the Crossroads Vintage Bike Festival.

WFAE (NPR) Charlotte Talks with Mike CollinsIn 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 1960s 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.



Bike Museums

Pre 1930's Museum

Lightweight Bike Museum

Stingray Bike Museum

Balloon Tire Bike Museum

Bike Histories



William Hoefler

Olympic Bike

Original Plastic Bike



"Until mountain biking came along, the bike scene was ruled by a small elite cadre of people who seemed allergic to enthusiasm."  Jacquie Phelan

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