An Afternoon at MOMBAT

Jul 31, 2016
by Jeff Plassman  
An afternoon at MOMBAT


MOMBAT (Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology) at First Flight Bikes is a gear head's mecca that I have been meaning to visit ever since I started travelling to Pisgah to ride. I've read about some of the collection of historic mountain bikes at the MOMBAT bike museum for years now, and a while back I decided to make a special side trip on my way to Pisgah to check it out. I've always meant to post my favorite photos of this excellent destination ever since. I could have spent an entire day at First Flight Bikes and in the MOMBAT museum. Both were clearly crafted and curated with much love and dedication. The following photos recall that afternoon I spent mesmerized in the most interesting bike museum I've visited, and the warm welcome and hospitality of the man I met there.
Creator and owner of MOMBAT and First Flight Bikes Jeff Archer
Jeff Archer, Creator and Owner of MOMBAT and First Flight Bikes

Tragically, MOMBAT creator and owner Jeff Archer recently lost his life when hit by a car while he was crossing the street. The driver has been charged with DWI. My deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, and the community he was a special part of.


An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

An afternoon at MOMBAT

I'm glad I was able to meet Jeff during my visit to his wonderful museum and shop. He was friendly and patient as I asked questions and took this photo of him. My heart goes out to his family and friends, and I am sorry for their loss.

Visit MOMBAT in person or online and experience the magic that Jeff created.
www.mombat.org

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15 Comments

  • 15 0
 that is a great collection of bikes that I wish was a lot closer so that I could visit. sad to hear of jeffs accident. he truly had a vision and passion that I can relate to. if ever on that side of the continent it is going to be on my agenda.
  • 9 4
 not a "accident" murder ....................... Frown
  • 4 0
 RIP Jeff love you, your passion, your collection,what you accomplished just because you had to. You will be sadly missed. See you later.
  • 2 0
 Dang, hadnt heard about Jeffs passing. Mombat is about 30min down the road from home and its been cool from time to time to see it show up on local news and tv shows. Prayers for his family.
  • 5 0
 Thanks for the photos, enjoyed looking at them.
  • 4 0
 In my go to local shop Jeff and his friend Wes are always helpful. a great loss for the NC riding community
  • 3 0
 That looks like the kind of place i'd go in and never leave! Awesome work!!
  • 3 0
 Good work Plassmido. Fitting tribute.
  • 2 0
 God speed Jeff . I remember most of this stuff owned lots of it to Purple anno for the win
  • 2 0
 Shit. I wanted most of that kit so badly 20 years ago!
  • 1 0
 Ah! Those bolt-on instant full suspension things. I remember installing those pieces of garbage back in the day.
  • 2 0
 phuck yeah! this is porn. RIP mr archer
  • 1 0
 Woooow!
  • 1 0
 So hot





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