Wednesday, April 30, 2014
I Don't Really Hunt For Vintage BMX, But When I Find A Good Bike It's Hard To Resist. The Wentzville Flea Offered Up This Jem Of A Late '70s Schwinn Mag Scrambler And The Cash Was Exchanged. Status: Available.
What was it when YOU were 8 years old? For Mr. Modtomic it was the equipment surrounding the budding sport of BMX just up the street from my home being sold at Maplewood Bicycle. Could I somehow manage to procure one of these machines at a suggested retail price of $119.95 in 1978? No way. It only took 36 years, but I finally fulfilled that 8 year old's starry eyed dream.
Much like the Mongoose I featured back in 2012, this bike is amazingly mostly original. The seller
told me that only the seat had been replaced. Even the TIRES are original! That's kinda crazy. This
is what is known in the business as a "Survivor". Sadly the "Mag Scrambler" stickers didn't survive...
neither did the coaster brake. That is a bit of mechanical work I've never had the pleasure of messing
with before. I've taken hundreds of BMX and Mountain bikes apart and done repairs to, but I've
never messed with a coaster brake. I may just leave that for the next owner.
Wow, it's even got the original front and back reflectors. This Schwinn is sort of a proto-bmx bike in
my limited world view. As far as I'm concerned, the real BMX bikes didn't show up until the early
'80s. The bikes that were produced from then until about 1990 were the coolest, best looking and
most imaginatively designed BMX and Freestyle bikes ever. That was the golden age of BMX for
this guy...but there'll always be a soft spot in my lil heart for these early bikes, if only because I had
such a want for one before I even knew what they were for.