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1976 Ashtabula

#1 2008-10-30 4:22pm

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1976 Ashtabula

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1976 Ashtabula

Before Chrome Molly there was Steel!

Riding the creek beds of Hellyar Park in San Jose in the mid 70's this bike was great fun.
It was on the heavy side as the frame weighed in at 6 1/2 pounds but most bikes of that era were tanks.
But let me tell you at the time it was a real step up from my Stingray.
This bike also had the first tough wheel in the neighborhood. You should have seen them. They laughed and teased me about  buying these silly plastic wheel and wanted to know what kind of goof ball I was.


In 6 months everybody in our posse had a set of Tuff Wheels.


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#2 2009-01-27 7:49am

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#3 2009-06-08 7:02pm

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

San Jose huh? had mine bout' an hour north of sacramento, got it used in 82' or so & had it for a couple of years then got a Henderson Hauler then a PK. After riding my Ashtabula my SE's felt like they had wings! I have told so many people about my ashtabula over the years & I always knew it was special! SO glad these bikes are on here, thanks!


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#4 2010-06-18 1:55pm

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

pretty sure that frame is a 77 . 75 had a different frame .


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WTB Painted Cook Bros 26" 3 bar cruiser frame with American BB with original paint and decals  .

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#5 2010-06-20 8:22pm

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

I have never seen any other frame from them but this one. I know it's not a 77 because I bought it new before that. Look at some of the other 75's here at the site and you will see it's the same frame.

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#6 2010-06-20 9:17pm

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yeah and they are listed wrong . just because they are listed as such does not mean anything . 76 and 77 have this style frame . so i really should have said this is a 76 or 77 .  75 has a completely different rear triangle .  just sayin .... but is is bad ass . i have one myself . and love it . funny how nobody knows what it is . some think it is a gary little john . i guess it is similar with all the gussets though .

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I used to have a handle on life ...... but it broke ...



WTB Painted Cook Bros 26" 3 bar cruiser frame with American BB with original paint and decals  .

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#7 2010-06-21 10:12am

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

Well that's true. You know it might be a ealry 76 but there in no way it's a 77.  I had bent it by then went to a Redline frame.

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#8 2010-11-18 2:53pm

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that's awesom havin the last laugh on those kids and the mags.
sweet bike.

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#9 2010-11-18 2:57pm

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

WOW!!! yikesyikesyikes


I'm always looking for early Mongoose frames with the lower gusset, 75-76 or early 77. And anything Ashtabula!!!
ALWAYS LOOKING FOR OG SCRAMBLERS.
SEARCHING FOR A PRE-1983 SCHWINN SCRAMBLER THAT WAS PURCHASED FROM THE OUTDOOR STORE IN RED WING,MN THAT STILL HAS THE OUTDOOR STORE STICKER ON IT. ANY COLOR COMBO WILL DO.

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