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1978 Repack Racer
1938 Model C Hybrid
is about Repack downhill racing and the year would be 1978, it's
a '38 model C frame with Tange 1200 forks, Dia Compe cantilever
brakes and 5 speed Suntour V-GT derailleur with thumbshifter.
Canti posts and derailleur hanger brazed on by Otis
Guy. This is about as light as they get.
is 48T cyclocross TA with bash ring. This is a little high for
versatility and I think as small as a 44t could be found. Rear
cluster is 14-32 which is what happened a lot back them. There
were 34t cogs to be found
so the gearing isn't optimum for
cross country but the TA affords the option of nearly any range
you would want. As it is setup it will work fine for getting to
Repack and ripping a downhill and depending on the grade probably
a lot more.
V-GT was a 5 speed derailleur which preceeded the 6 speed Cyclone.
For over a year we all rode the V-GT before upgrading. The 6 speed
Winner 6 cog could be had as a 13-34 and we went to that in 1978.
The brake cable components are Dia Compe and Shimano from back
in the day. I had to change the rear hanger some but it ends up
working well as it is setup. It is better than trying to get it
brazed to the frame, which I have done. This has more room, less
Ukai 2.125 alloys, hubs are Suzue and I've got the Geax Blade
2.25 tire in front and a WTB Mutano 2.4 on the rear. Lots of cushion
for the downhill.
is the original Ashtabula BMX, bars are steel Euro style moto
The grips are actually my pick for grips on all my bikes back
Right now I have Avid Ultimate levers on it and I am not wanting
to put the silver Maguras on it yet (this bike is for riding).
The pedals are Suntour XC II 'beartraps' which are a little newer
than '78 which this bike is about - in the photo are Suntour XC1000
pedals which would make it right but hurt my feet after a little
while. Also in the photo are the boxes the BB and headset came
in: cartridge bearings and adjustable spindle BB (YST) and Tange
A-27 headset. The top nut is not from the Tange set.
is a B-17 which Harley Parsons gave me and I'm glad to find a
place for it, thanks Harley. The seatpost is solid aluminum alloy
and this seatclamp needs no shimming. Voila! What were we doing??
on paint for this bike and the primer works fine for now. If someone
wants to buy this bike they get the choice or can do it themselves
- I'm open to offers. No trades for junk. This bike represents
my response to Scooterdude's
double drum DX that he raced at Toro Park. It's unfortunate
that organizers don't have a category that applies to these bikes.
If you want to race Downieville with a clunker it must be a one
speed to be in the class. Is that right? Anyone who knows anything
about what was going on back then knows that one speeds were outclassed
by the hybrids. What was going on was not one speeds, it was geared
bikes with multiple brakes. Toro Park seems a good arena for these
bikes to race but once again - not as a one speed. Rigid anything
goes would be OK for a start.
me at: RepackPioneer@aol.com