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mongoosedrummer

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  1. Well done! My only minuscule critique would be that the Mongoose/BMX Products tagged Mesinger didn’t appear until a couple years afterwards... Everything else is spot on imo. What could be better than a ‘75 Mongoose lovingly preserved... A true cornerstone of early American BMX history. 


  2. Nothing super spectacular here, but I slapped together another ‘76 Mongoose this year. I will always love these bikes and this one will stay as is. The frame was in super bad shape so I blasted it and had it nickel plated (I know, I know...). Everything else was basically 1976 NOS (except the S&M Motoman Sprocket which I love). Wishing all you guys (that are still here), all the best for the Holidays and 2020. 

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  3. I think it’s totally understandable to wind it down gracefully from a crescendo, so to speak. The love for it never leaves our brains/hearts and it’s normal to see the physical beginning and end through it’s course. 

    Of course, the end is never really the end. Many of us will always keep a few cherished parts or a bike or two given the opportunity... These mementos or vestigial assets may be a far cry from where we once maxed out in the collection part of the “hobby”, but the lineage cannot be erased. We can always relive our past through positive memories and existing documentation.

    Notwithstanding the hypothesis above, I wholeheartedly think it’s good to sell off our best assets when we wind it down... I think the reason is logical and humane... Why not let others either cherish, trade, use and abuse anything we no longer covet physically. At the very least , it allows the objects to some how live on in some last and hopefully meaningful way... For they too will one day seize to “live”. 

     

     

     

     

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  4. I was lucky enough to speak personally with Chuck Smith, former partner of Skip Hess’. His exact quote; “Mongoose started as a combination of early Webco and Garry Littlejohn frame designs. “ Both companies seemed to have borrowed from motorcycle frame designs, much like Lynn Kastan with the first Tubular Offset Forks and the first Redline Squareback frames.

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