When I was a lad ( sorry just always wanted to start a story with that) back in Australia I was in my first year of high school and traded my near new dragster on a mongoose bmx frame from a friend whose brother then sold me a set of wheels etc.
It was all very dodgy and in hindsight it was probably stolen as the wheels and stuff they sold me fit straight back on as though it was always there. My dad did make me check with the local police stations if anyone had reported one missing as these were not something anybody had seen before. Especially for a kid like me, I rode everywhere, everyday either bike or skateboard but was not one of the cool kids really, or well off enough to have this. My mum and dad had to pay off my dragster leading up to Christmas.
I only had it for around 4 months before it was stolen from the bike sheds at school. But for that four months I was one of the cool kids, I was allowed on the local track with the older kids, rode it with my mates etc. Then my friend, and I now use the term loosely, sold my dragster back to me.
I should really have said that this was around 1981 maybe 82 IIRC could be slightly later but I dont think so. Things were different then with BMX really kicking off and skateboarding being at its best in the late 70s early 80s.
Anyway I have always ridden but sort of went from BMX to MTB and road and never thought about the old mongoose until last year when I seen what looked like an exact copy in Dales cycles in Glasgow. Then I spotted a similar looking machine but not a mongoose on ebay and did a bit of a search but cant now find one the same. I am just curiouse if anybody might know what sort it was.
It was fairly new when I got hold of it so lets say, allowing for dodgy memory, 81 - 83 it was cro moly, polished/chrome?, red decals and red skyways but I dont know if these were original, chrome bars and red mongoose pad. The one in Dales was very similar just not sure if it had skyways or spoked but they were red either way.
Anyhelp on ID'ing either the old or the newer one would be really appreciated.
If youve read this far without a nap, thanks
(this makes me sound really old but I'm not really........really)
Carlsberg dont build Singlespeeds but if they did.......they would probably look just like mine.
I've spent half my life on bikes.........the other half I wasted