1983 Mongoose Chromoly BMX Bike with Blue Tuff Wheels

1983 mongoose chromoly bmx bike with blue tuff wheels - front angle view
I wouldn't change a thing

This 1983 Mongoose has a nickel-plated chromoly frame, white A'me Round grips, a red anodized fluted alloy seatpost and Cycle Pro seatpost clamp, blue anodized alloy handlebars held by a Pro Neck stem, red KKT Lightning cage pedals, and blue Tuff Wheel I mag wheels.

There's also a torn red vinyl seat, a pair of mismatched red and black knobby tires, a generic 3-spoke steel spider, beehives in the Tuff Wheels' hubs, and a 25-year layer of rust and oxidation.

Thousands of kids in the 1980s put together bikes like this. Most of them went to the dump decades ago. This one avoided that fate and ended up in the hands of some random twenty-something. And then I owned it.

I don't own it anymore, but while I did, I shot some photos. And here they are.

1983 mongoose chromoly bmx bike with blue tuff wheels - side view
Crusty bike in front of crusty wall
1983 mongoose chromoly bmx bike with blue tuff wheels - front end
Blue anodized alloy handlebars
1983 mongoose chromoly bmx bike with blue tuff wheels - right grip
Grimy white A'me Round grips
1983 mongoose chromoly bmx bike with blue tuff wheels - blue pro neck
Pro Neck blue anodized alloy stem
1983 mongoose chromoly bmx bike with blue tuff wheels - seatpost clamp, seat tube decal, seatstay gusset
Cycle Pro seat post clamp
1983 mongoose chromoly bmx bike with blue tuff wheels - frame front triangle
Classic Mongoose decals
1983 mongoose chromoly bmx bike with blue tuff wheels - head tube gusset
Chromoly decal, head tube gusset
1983 mongoose chromoly bmx bike with blue tuff wheels - seat stay gusset
Seat stay goo-zay
1983 mongoose chromoly bmx bike with blue tuff wheels - crank, sprocket, pedal
Ugly crank and sprocket
1983 mongoose chromoly bmx bike with blue tuff wheels - kkt lightning pedal
KKT Lightning pedals
1983 mongoose chromoly bmx bike with blue tuff wheels - rear wheel
Coaster brake Tuff Wheel I
1983 mongoose chromoly bmx bike with blue tuff wheels - front wheel
Front wheel with beehives