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1977 Sears MX

#1 2014-04-07 7:16pm

Jayrev67
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1977 Sears MX

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1977 Sears MX

Muscle Bike Meets Motorcycle Meets the NFL- What more could a 10 year old want!

THE STORY
I picked this bike up as part of a lot of bikes last week. Jimmy from the local thrift store hoards bikes and then sells them to me cheap when they are beyond his limited ability to fix them. This circa 1977 (the Bendix coaster arm says 1976 so I am guessing it is a 76 or 77) matches the ones from the catalog. I got it nearly free because it was a basket case. Stripped it, OA bath for all the chrome, rebuilt the hubs, BB, headset, etc. and now it is ready to jump over snake canyon.
THE BIKE
The Sears MX Steelers Bike with the Steelers banana seat, Steelers chain guard, original rear slick tire and BMX front tire, double to tube frame, “MX style” forks and bars- minus the crossbar- and all original surviving equipment.
Nothing beat getting the Sears Wish book Catalog back in the 70's. It contained all things desirable to a little kid. When Sears marketed the Official NFL MX Bike it was the ultimate combination of cool- part muscle bike, part motorcycle, and all the hype of your favorite football team. What more could a ten year old boy ask for!
I am pretty sure most of these bike didn't survive because they were branded for “motocross track action” but had a sticker on the seat tube that said, "Not intended for Motocross use." Huh? Kids in my town used these bikes to launch over cinder block and rickety board jumps trying to pretend they were Evel Knievel. Good times!
SOLD to the the Bicycle Museum here in pittsburgh- Bicycle Heaven- and presently on Display.
If anyone is in Pittsburgh, it Biccyle Heaven is a "Must See."
They have some amazing BMX, MTB, Road, and Antique bike.


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#2 2014-04-07 7:36pm

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Re: 1977 Sears MX

I remember this as a kid in the Christmas catalog . Always wanted one . Great bike . cool


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#3 2014-04-07 8:03pm

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Re: 1977 Sears MX

Great stuff there - would be better if it was the BEARS!!
Anyway, love those dinky little cranks!


I can't believe the way people mistreat bikes. It also amazes me how many people don't have any bikes and never ride them - poor miserable souls.

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#4 2014-04-08 6:12am

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Re: 1977 Sears MX

That's so awesome Jay. You do some great work


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#5 2014-04-08 8:02am

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Very cool memories smile


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#6 2014-04-08 9:18am

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Re: 1977 Sears MX

Super cool!!!

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#7 2014-04-11 2:09pm

ReddyZ06
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Re: 1977 Sears MX

Cool bike for sure, and well written story!

Mike

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#8 2014-05-21 1:21pm

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I had one of those as a kid. It was silver with orange short fenders and said MX on the seat. Contrary to the warning sticker, I did use it for "stunting". Board on a cinder block and a couple of trash cans. I was trying to be Evil Kenivel because I didn't even know BMX existed. I launched that bike off of any "jump" I could find in the neighborhood and it survived. One day I was just riding down the sidewalk, swerved onto the grass and fell over. Top tube snapped at the head tube! Sad day.

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#9 2014-09-24 1:41am

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Happy museum, they've got the official bike for hell riders now.

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