My latest find is this 2004 Mongoose Menace Pro 30 year anniversary BMX bike. It has been badly neglected, being left out in the weather before being dumped for pick-up waste with some other bikes, where I happened across it by accident. While BMX is not my scene, I think it’s an interesting little bike, it’s made in Taiwan, with a cro-moly and hi-ten steel frame painted in a sort of battleship grey with some gloss black and has lots of Mongoose logos on it.
I haven’t had a chance to closely look at it for faults, but it looks complete and is in reasonably good nick mechanically, but very sad cosmetically. This will be an occasional project for when I have bits of spare time in between other things, as it’s not something I can really use seriously. I also think it should be kept as original as possible because of the appeal of an “Anniversary” model. I can see why it was dumped, but surely it’s too good for scrap ?
I would think that it may be collectable at some point in time, if it is not already so, which is why I need to give some thought as to the best way to overhaul and partially restore it, keeping some patina and the logos if possible, while preventing further rust and decay. BMX bikes have a somewhat different steering head and brake cable set-up to other bikes, as well as heavy duty axles and lots of spokes to allow for stresses, and it will be useful for me to see how it is put together.
This bike recalls to mind the words of Steven Lindblom “substitute your own labour for money, and don’t spend a cent more than you have to” when discussing reconditioning bikes with a vague idea to sell them. I see this as an example of the law of diminishing returns where all the individual new bits can often add up to an expensive rebuild when compared with someone buying new…