Project 1: Part 2: Mogoose Hex Detail

Planning what to discard, keep and replace

EJ

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This is part two of an eight part project to upgrade a Moogle Hex fitness bicycle. If this is your first visit, you may want to get some background on this project by starting at the first post


A closer look

First we will examine the features of the bike and make a gameplan. In general. I have don’t like the overall color of the bike. I hate the blue paint and the while hubs and brakes. The paint will be stripped and the wheels replaced.


Mongoose Hex Urban Bicycle up-close!

The brake pads are cheap and very loud. Im sure upgrading to quality brake pads will do the trick.


Mongoose Hex Urban Bicycle up-close!

The very common american 2-inch single piece crank will be replaced with a tapered spindle allowing a three-part design. The new crank arms and pedals will be black.


Mongoose Hex Urban Bicycle up-close!

Hard to find a Mass Merchandiser Bike (MMB) with a rear-facing horizontal dropouts. This makes this one a rare find.


Mongoose Hex Urban Bicycle up-close!

Grips gotta go. Brake levers may go. I am toying with the idea of a coaster brake and a single v-brake in the front.


Mongoose Hex Urban Bicycle up-close!

BMX style… not bad for the look of the bike but, I will replace this with 1-18 adapter stem that will allow me to install a modern handlebar and stem. I will probably leave the threaded fork. The fork is made of steel and will not strip down as nicely as the frame without a protective coating. I will have to remove the foil frame badge, I will attempt to make a new one. Maybe the “Bikeotomica” frame badge will start a new fashion trend.


Mongoose Hex Urban Bicycle up-close!

Chain tug. Nice touch.. I’ll keep it.


Mongoose Hex Urban Bicycle up-close!

Tires are too knobby, slow and noisy for the paved bike trails. I’ll put on something that is just as wide. I will attempt to rebuild the rear wheel with a new 2-speed hub.

Next Time

Next time we will talk about how we are going to tear the bike down and what tools will be needed.