1985 Mongoose Californian
Weird serial number for a Cali
1985 is a pretty consistant year with the serial numbers rule of the third letter being either a C or an E you can identify your bike as a Cali or an Expert respectively. I am pretty sure this a Cali but the serial number is M5B0xxxx. What does the B signify? I picked this up in prett rough shape, it was spray bombed with silver and most of the original stickers were stripped crudely. The front mag wheel was a weird OGK and the rear was a mag from a mid 80's GT, but this bike did still have the proclass chainwheel, SR pedals and stem that you find on an 85 Cali. The only sticker they left on the frame was the all tubes cromoly on the top tube.
After I cleaned it up I added the Norco grips, diacompe brakes, gold anno seat clamp, ACS Z rims, cromo seat post and the only suitable bmx seat I still have around an old Viscount Aero. Looking for a yellow dominator or similar.
I had the headtube deacal left over from my last Cali job, that one had the metal badge.
About the only things left to do is to get the forks re-chromed.
Submitted by Mrgalaxy