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My chromed Mongoose MTB as a kid

Old 07-05-17, 09:04 AM
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My chromed Mongoose MTB as a kid

When my mother bought me this 24" bike sometime in the late 80s, I was the envy of the neighborhood. I loved the bike. I loved the envy :-) I just pulled it out of the garage and think I'll fix it up for my 10-year old kid. The chromed steel frame is in nice shape. The chrome has very little pitting with just a bit of corrosion near the bottom bracket. One cable-guide braze-on is busted off, but I'll just replace it with a clamp on (since re-brazing would obviously damage the chrome).

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Nice Goose!

Cant beat classic ATB in Chrome, i have a Diamond Back Ascent in Chrome and she sure shines. this one looks to be about a 1985 model. get the SN and it maybe able to be deciphered here.

here is a catalog from vintagemongoose for 1985

Check that seatpost as soon as you can if you have not done it already and might as well check the stem, there is rust on the seatpost and make sure its not stuck.
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Cool! Love the "biplane" fork crown and the rims.
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Neat Mongoose!

Oddly enough, the above BMX Products Inc shows an address in Moorpark, California -- my hometown. ParkPre and some other smaller bikes came out of there, but pretty much all of it has left the town or gone completely under.

Google map of the building as it sits now: https://www.google.com/maps/place/51...4d-118.8981081

Sorry to go so off topic. That Mongoose should clean up well.
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Super cool.

You can take aluminum foil to the rust on the chrome and it'll clean it right up.
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
Super cool.

You can take aluminum foil to the rust on the chrome and it'll clean it right up.
I think that is nickel plate, not chrome. Can't say for certain but it it the right color and Mongoose BMX bikes were famously nickel plated.

I don't know how nickel responds to aluminum foil but as it's much softer I'd worry about scratching it. Simichrome works well.

Way cool early MTB, btw.
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That's awesome! I have a 26" version. I didn't know they did a 24".
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Originally Posted by Salamandrine View Post
I think that is nickel plate, not chrome. Can't say for certain but it it the right color and Mongoose BMX bikes were famously nickel plated.

I don't know how nickel responds to aluminum foil but as it's much softer I'd worry about scratching it. Simichrome works well.

Way cool early MTB, btw.
Hey, you're probably right on the nickel plating! I just assumed shiney metal from the 80s was chrome ;-)

Seat post is thankfully not stuck. Not sure about the stem yet.

I knew I rode this bike a lot as a kid, but I didn't expect to find the middle chain ring pretty much toast. Though I don't recall ever having Mom replace the chain!
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I had the 26" version of that in red as my main commuter until it got stolen last summer. I loved that bike, especially the biplane fork.

It might actually be nickle but it is referred to as chrome in the catalog.
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Sweet Goose!

Love the stem, the chrome, and the Pro Class rims!

I'd also strongly recommend looking in to how much one of those is worth, other Mongoose bikes of similar vintage are extremely collectible. I sold a 1983 Californian BMX bike in much worse shape than yours for $250, and I could easily have gotten another hundred or so if I was willing to part it out and/or ship it. The guy I sold it to was local and wanted the childhood bike he and his brother fought over. The point I'm trying to make is that it is one thing to give your kid your childhood bike, it is another to give them an extremely collectible theft magnet, where their riding it potentially lessens the value if they damage it.

Look forward to seeing pics of it cleaned up!
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