Coolest Interbike Bike: Otis Guy’s Vintage Repack Racer

It might not have suspension, plus tires, or disc brakes, but we still love it

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Mountain bikes weren’t always complicated.

Mountain bikes weren’t always so complicated.

Remember that Fat Chance Mtbr spotted at Interbike a few weeks back? Well, that wasn’t the only cool bike hanging out at the Marin Museum of Bicycling booth. This vintage Schwinn was also kicking around.

They don’t make headtube badges like they used to.

They don’t make head badges like they used to.

While the head badge reads Texas Special, this is in fact a Schwinn Excelsior. To the casual observer, it may look like a rolling tetanus hazard, but this was once Otis Guy’s Repack racer.

Read about one of the events that helped shape the early years of mountain biking, Crested Butte’s Pearl Pass Tour.


To see more scroll through the photos below. And please know, I’m no expert on vintage klunkers, so feel free to drop knowledge in the comments section.

A truss fork up front provided small bump compliance.

A truss fork up front provided small bump compliance. Not sure about big hits.

These Uniroyal “Knobby” tires where the off road tires at the time.

These Uniroyal “knobbies” were the off-road tire of the time.

Check out those brakes….

Check out those brakes….

...and the brake mounts.

…and the brake mounts.

The paint is in pretty good condition considering this bike is around seventy years old

The paint is in pretty good condition considering this bike is roughly 70 years old

Anyone still rock a Brooks saddle on their MTB?

Anyone still rock a Brooks saddle on their MTB?

Flat pedals win medals!

Flat pedals win medals!

American BB.

American BB.

Morrow coaster hubs were coveted in the Repack scene for their durability.

Morrow coaster hubs were coveted in the Repack scene for their durability.

Dropouts.

Dropouts.

To see more rad old school bikes, visit the Marin Museum of Bicycles next time you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2016 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

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