looks like i was a little behind the trends. bmx bikes became the de rigeur rides prior to upgrading to 10 speeds. thought it was closer to 1980 when they became popular but heres a mongoose from 1975. they were pricey too if memory serves.

- dave 11-23-2020 12:19 pm

My first bike was a one-speed Schwinn, then the five-speed stingray knock off. In fifth grade I got a mitsutani 10 speed. In seventh grade I returned to the sting-ray style because I missed going off jumps and popping wheelies.  I got a Webco bmx bike in 1976, my sophomore year, which I hardly rode because I wasn't good enough at the tricks and was constantly challenged by kids who could shred. I wasn't great on a skateboard but could do 360's well enough, fortunately the ollie and other more advanced tricks hadn't been invented yet and because of Portland's climate there were no swimming pools which I certainly would have sucked at riding, so the skateboard was a relatively shame-free source of transportation for my 15th year.  Getting my driver's license brought some relief to my wheeled woes.

- steve 11-23-2020 4:15 pm [add a comment]

  • The main components of this bike match my bmx - Black Webco frame, Redline forks, black Tuffwheels and box-style handlebars.

    - steve 11-23-2020 7:00 pm [add a comment]

  • You could buy that back. Anyone have a big wheel plastic thing. I was too old , but liked the deign.

    - bill 11-23-2020 9:26 pm [add a comment]

    • i had a big wheel. my younger sister got the green machine.

      - dave 11-23-2020 9:57 pm [add a comment]

    • Mean green after mean joe Greene. My college NTSU were the mean green. He was an amuni. Drafted to nfl 1969 round1

      - bill 11-23-2020 10:03 pm [add a comment]

    • I was too old for the big wheel and was jealous of the younger set for having them.

      - steve 11-23-2020 10:43 pm [add a comment]

    • Mee too. I was thinking it might be Dave’s bracket exclusively here
      - bill 11-24-2020 5:13 am [add a comment]

  • i graduated to this. part of me thought the bmx kids were dumb because it took so much more effort to get anywhere.

    - dave 11-23-2020 9:52 pm [add a comment]

    • Yeah, for me to ride home from school meant climbing 5 miles of steep hills on a one-speed, which was stupid.

      - steve 11-24-2020 3:31 pm [add a comment]

    • I hitch hiked 2 miles everyday
      - bill 11-24-2020 4:58 pm [add a comment]

The alternative was an English racer. A full size bike with regular handlebars. Usually 3 speeds in the handle and grip breaks and skinny tires. 

- bill 11-23-2020 5:42 pm [add a comment]


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