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    Too good not to share. The Art Of The Mountain Bike: Otis Guy

    I'm an Otis Guy fan. Love his work and the way my 85 OG rides and I'm always on the look out for another one. Needless to say, this new addition is more than a little exciting for me. I'm eternally grateful and in SW's debt for making it happen and allowing me the opportunity to bring this gem back to light.
    I'm pretty much starting from scratch collecting parts (which shouldn't be too difficult), but it will truly be an enjoyable journey getting it back to 'show spec'.







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    I wouldn't leave that in the middle of the road.

    Beautiful frame!

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    Someone ran over it shortly after the pictures were taken.
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    what a find! the neon rasta candy-cane paint is awesome. and the stem is really really cool too.

    I look forward to seeing this one completed!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    plastic BMX saddle--what is that?
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    No Way.... Too big .... When you finish putting it together and realize it's too big for ya, maybe we can work out a deal.

    Ever since I saw your red Dirt drop OG on VRC I knew 2 things. 1 I will find an OG to ride someday, and 2 I will build a dirt drop Mtb. Half way there.

    Not sure why but your red OG has always been on my short list of top 3 favorite bikes here on VRC.

    Now you got the OG from The Art Of......

    Sweet!.... Don't stop, lets see it together. ....

    Refresh my memory, what year was the Art of MTB display put together?

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    wow that is fantastic!!

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    Sweet bike Eric- really unique. What are your plans for the spec? Are you sticking with what's in the catalog, which looks like Suntour with Scott/Pedersen brakes? Or period correct Shimano?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djmuff
    Sweet bike Eric- really unique. What are your plans for the spec? Are you sticking with what's in the catalog, which looks like Suntour with Scott/Pedersen brakes? Or period correct Shimano?
    I would guess he doesn't have a choice except to put it together the same way it was originally displayed. Too much provenance.

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    1989-1990. Braunstein Quay.

    CK has the info here:

    http://sonic.net/~ckelly/Seekay/artofmountainbike.htm

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    Really nice find, Eric. Congratulations!

    It's funny to see the hite rite on backwards compared to how we normally see it on the Breezer.

    That Craig Mitchell bike is interesting. Whatever happened to it? What about the Paul Brown? Some very interesting bikes in that exhibit.

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    Freakin sweet

    One of your best bikes, not only for what it is- but the journey of acquiring it and now bringing it back

    The illuminati are proud of you!

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    Major score. That thing neeeds a full stx-rc kit.
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    sell it to stan
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    That is one big f'n dude!
    Yes I am!

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    Speaking of 'the art of' where the hell are the other pics of that carbon Ibis? That guy posted some dirty dirty teasers in the 'all things Ibis' thread and I don't recall seeing anymore of it....

    -Schmitty-

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    Very cool. Can't wait to see it next to your others.
    Beware the forty-year-old man on a twenty-year-old bike...He likely knows how to ride it.

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    Nice looking OG frameset and stem! Looking forward to seeing it when the rebuild is finished. You certainly have the right connections and focus for bringing in some of the coolest bikes!!

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    Is that TT actually 25 1/2"? It looks long but..........
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Wow!! Very nice indeed.
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    Can't believe you own one of 'those' bikes. Fantastic!
    5 is the old new black; 6 is the new new black...

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    i am babbling.. speechless...

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddybuddy
    Major score. That thing neeeds a full stx-rc kit.
    It says Suntour...I was thinking maybe XCM Nice pick-up Eric
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Compared to some of the other players in the show, pretty agressive geometry. 73/73 head/seat, 16 3/8 chainstay, 25 1/2 top tube....
    I like it......
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    Quote Originally Posted by muddybuddy
    That thing neeeds a full stx-rc kit.
    ha ha! Bike of the Month!


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    Cool frame! Now you need a neon candy cane striped lycra skin suit to match

    I thought you lived in CA,that looks like Spring in the Northeast, grey, overcast, foggy. You mean the sun doesn't always shine out there????
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Originally Posted by muddybuddy
    That thing neeeds a full stx-rc kit.

    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook
    ha ha! Bike of the Month!


    I got a NOS RC rear derailleur that would look real sharp on there.

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    Really like the interesting tri-color paint scheme.

    Do you know why he made the frame with such a steep head angle (aside from the obvious "built for use anywhere" statement)? A very east coast head angle!

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    There is an article about Otis in today's Independent Journal, in which they spell my name wrong.

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    Wrong spelling

    Man, that's just wrong! C'mon Bob!

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    Someone needs to write him a colorful letter... or tether him to your seat post and drag him down Mount Tamalpais.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants
    Really like the interesting tri-color paint scheme.

    Do you know why he made the frame with such a steep head angle (aside from the obvious "built for use anywhere" statement)? A very east coast head angle!

    are there some east coast mountain bikes that use a 73 head angle?

    as I've already told you, Rumpfy, great work bringing that thing home. Can't wait to see it built up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    There is an article about Otis in today's Independent Journal, in which they spell my name wrong.

    Not always about you.
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    Thanks for all the kind words everyone!

    I'm pretty excited about the project. I'll be trying to get it to as close to the show spec as possible. I think it'd be sac-relig otherwise.
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    Og!

    Gonna bring that thing to Keyesville?!

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    That's a true beauty E, and you're just the guy to put it back to spec and make us all wag our tails...looking forward to seeing it progress.

    I'd really love to hear the back story if you care to enlighten.




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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    I'd really love to hear the back story if you care to enlighten.
    Yeah, no doubt. That thing looks nearly new. Even the dayglo colors still look really bright. It's amazing what some of you all are able to drum up.
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    That is one big f'n dude!
    Yes I am!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retrocowboy
    Gonna bring that thing to Keyesville?!

    Once it's built, sure! It might take a year or two unless i want to over pay for parts...and where's the fun in that?
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    Not too much of a back story to tell. I talked to Otis a bit about the bike.

    He said it was built with steeper ht angle and shorter rake fork and was ultimately sold through (he thinks) Palo Alto bikes 'as new'.
    I'm assuming the person that bought the bike was responsible for the trail ware.
    It may have been sold a second time since the owner I got it from (again, thanks entirely to another regular VRC'er here for 'brokering' the deal) had it sitting in the state you see it above for....15+ years I suppose. Tucked away in a box, languishing in obscurity.

    The build goal looks like a first year XC Pro spec (new for 1990)

    Serial number on the bike is (I think...the paint is pretty thick):
    107
    OG
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    Good job E.
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    so excited for you! hurry up and gather some parts!

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    Very Nice!

    I remember reading about that show in the mags! Created a bad case of Left Coast envy!

    Chain stays look pretty beefy...almost like fork legs.

    Can't wait to see a picture of you crashing it at Kesyville!

    Side note related to that Klein thread: This is the bike that you simply DON"T REPAINT!

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    Man, that's just wrong! C'mon Bob!

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    Someone needs to write him a colorful letter... or tether him to your seat post and drag him down Mount Tamalpais.
    Really? Seriously? C'mon...if a spelling mistake was made, it was not intentional. And if you want to contact me, my email address is posted at the end of the column.

    Please don't make anonymous threats...no one deserves that.

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    Hey Bob

    I may be wrong......but im pretty sure that was sarcasm. I really doubt anyone was making a real threat.

    anyway welcome to the vrc forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobcullinan
    Really? Seriously? C'mon...if a spelling mistake was made, it was not intentional. And if you want to contact me, my email address is posted at the end of the column.

    Please don't make anonymous threats...no one deserves that.
    It'd be nice if we could keep just one thread about the intention of the OP. Nice frame. Great find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KDXdog
    Very Nice!

    I remember reading about that show in the mags! Created a bad case of Left Coast envy!

    Chain stays look pretty beefy...almost like fork legs.

    Can't wait to see a picture of you crashing it at Kesyville!

    Side note related to that Klein thread: This is the bike that you simply DON"T REPAINT!

    Ya, the seat stays look a lot like the fork.

    Might not be done till K'Ville 2013.

    Most definitely won't be repainted!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobcullinan
    Really? Seriously? C'mon...if a spelling mistake was made, it was not intentional. And if you want to contact me, my email address is posted at the end of the column.

    Please don't make anonymous threats...no one deserves that.
    ************************************************** *******

    Bob,

    The comment I made was in pure jest, I certainly meant no harm by my posting. No one will be draggin' ya down a hill. My comment was more to do with where were your editors? You simply don't get to "misspell" Charlie Kelly... intentional or not, not someone of that importance. Gotta keep the bar high!

    Peace,

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    p.s I've enjoyed what you've had to say about Bobke, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malibu412
    It'd be nice if we could keep just one thread about the intention of the OP. Nice frame. Great find.
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    C'mon Malibu,

    We're talking about Rumpfy... if he took offense to me highjacking his thread, I'm sure he'd let me know. Besides, I was just having fun with Bob about his spelling. Rumpfy doesn't need any assistance when it comes to flamin' someone, but thanks for trying to corral my silliness!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neo_pop_71
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    Bob,

    The comment I made was in pure jest, I certainly meant no harm by my posting. No one will be draggin' ya down a hill. My comment was more to do with where were your editors? You simply don't get to "misspell" Charlie Kelly... intentional or not, not someone of that importance. Gotta keep the bar high!

    Peace,

    -DON-

    p.s I've enjoyed what you've had to say about Bobke, thanks!
    Who was Charlie Kelly again? I googled him but I'm getting everything under the sun. Is he that famous actor? Did he just go into rehab for that hooker coke thing in LA?

    typos are quite commonplace. People don't seem to point them out in every single post so give the guy a break. Who cares about a typo.

    Tell me more about this Otis Guy. I think I'm in love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neo_pop_71
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    C'mon Malibu,

    We're talking about Rumpfy... if he took offense to me highjacking his thread, I'm sure he'd let me know. Besides, I was just having fun with Bob about his spelling. Rumpfy doesn't need any assistance when it comes to flamin' someone, but thanks for trying to corral my silliness!

    -D-
    Not trying to corral yours. My issue was not with you, hence my quoting Bob. I wrote something else but changed it and should have deleted it altogether.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StanleyButterfly
    Who was Charlie Kelly again? I googled him but I'm getting everything under the sun. Is he that famous actor? Did he just go into rehab for that hooker coke thing in LA?
    Your Google skills are pathetic. Keeping this about Otis, Charlie Kelly is standing next to Otis Guy in this 1974 photograph. Joe Breeze is on the left, Victor Pritzker on the right in this photo taken after a tandem race in Santa Rosa.

    Google: "Charlie Kelly" and add the word "bike." That should narrow it down and my website will be the top result.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Your Google skills are pathetic. Keeping this about Otis, Charlie Kelly is standing next to Otis Guy in this 1974 photograph. Joe Breeze is on the left, Victor Pritzker on the right in this photo taken after a tandem race in Santa Rosa.

    Google: "Charlie Kelly" and add the word "bike." That should narrow it down and my website will be the top result.
    They aren't pathetic. I just didn't get the context. Your website is really great but I'm still not understanding why all this reverence to Charlie Kelly? It's not like he's the Grand Poobah or something (no offense if he is). I mean, you must like him since you made a website about him but from what I'm reading, it seems all he did was ride bikes. He didn't build them or design them. He seems to have caught the wave at the perfect time and rode it into shore.

    In his defense, I only spent 45 minutes reading it so I'll check it out some more when I get home after work today.

    Thanks for the heads up Repack Rider and I'll try to improve my googling skills!

    Love the Otis Guy, Rumpfy. Sorry for the sidebar. You are one lucky SOB!

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