Netflix hit series Stranger Things Bicycle timelime
So far there are 3 Netflix Stranger Things character bikes that have come to life thanks in part to Schwinn and Mongoose. Schwinn has come out with the first 2 and Mongoose with the 3rd edition. Seems as if there is a huge debate on how era correct the first 2 bikes are, or if they have the right look. Either way they are some wicked cool looking bikes with lots of flavor. The 3rd Edition is copied after an Old School BMX bike and doesn’t look much different than what you would have expected to see in the early 1980’s. I would love to hear your comments about all 3 of the bikes.
Let’s get to it, here they are.
This 1st Limited Edition Stranger Things Cruiser BMX by Schwinn is based off the bicycle from the character Mike Wheeler. There were only 500 of these bicycles made and they sold out very quickly. Like most collectible items they brought in big bucks for those who decided not to keep them but rather sell them on Ebay.
Netflix Stranger Things Schwinn Replica BMX Bike Edition Number 2 from the character of Lucas Sinclair. Ok, so this contraption I will call it doesn’t really know what decade it wants to belong. It has New School BMX, Muscle bike and Vintage BMX all wrapped up in one. From everything I have read it’s a mixed bag on if people really liked this 2nd generation Stranger Things BMX bike. Personally I think it’s a cool bike, even though lots of people think it has a little too much going on. It’s a must have if you are a serious collector.
Netflix Stranger Things Mad Max BMX. This is Edition 3 from the character of Max Mayfield. It’s slated for release on June 30, 2019 at the retail price of $219.99 from Target stores and online. This Max Mayfield BMX bike will appear in Season 3 which is scheduled to air on July 4, 2019 through Netflix.
I’m liking the Mad Max BMX Bike way better than the Lucas bike as I enjoy old school BMX items a little more than the new school stuff. Here are some stock photos of the Stranger Things Mongoose BMX bike.
Some savvy collectors and/or flippers have already aquired some of these Mad Max Mongoose bikes earlier than expected. I’m not sure how they found them pre-release but I do know they are already up on Ebay. Looks like securing one of these bikes could be very profitable for some. For others I’m sure they will try aquiring one if not more in the original box and storing it away for many years. How collectible will these Mad Max BMX Bikes really be? It will depend on how many are produced. I can only imagine how many people are going to have this bike on their wish list. It’s amazing how many kids dig the old school BMX flavor. Mongoose did their homework and knew that already, or they wouldn’t have put so much time and effort into this replica BMX bike.
Quick update as of 6/25/2019:
I was able to find a Stranger Things Mongoose BMX bike at my local Target store. As expected it was not out on the showroom floor yet. So I tracked down an employee and asked them if there were any in stock. The man said “yes, we have 2 in stock would you like me to get you one?” I said yes, that would be perfect thanks. He then informed me that it was still in the box and said that would be the only way to buy it if I wanted it today, unassembled.
I haven’t had time yet to do much other than break open the box and check out the bike. Stay tuned for an another update sooner than later and possible video of the bike. So far it’s looking fairly decent.
Update #2 as of 7/9/2019:
Finished unboxing and final assembly. Took a few pictures along the way. I’m pleasantly surprised at the build quality of this Mongoose. It really is the same quality as most entry level Bike Shop bikes for kids. There are a few things I found that I didn’t like. One being the very sharp unfinished seat tube internals. I had to take a file and some sand paper to the inside of the tube as it wouldn’t accept the seatpost without putting huge scratches in the chrome finish. Also, the mag wheels are cast aluminum and had some extra material that “ouzed” out of the mold, which left behind some wicked sharp areas. It doesn’t look like quality control (if there is such a department) even bothered to clean up the excess material. Ouch, they dropped the ball on this one as it’s a liability for them, and has potential to cut someone quite badly. Mongoose, if you are listening, this extra material is super sharp and definitely not kid friendly. It’s a bike for kids, remember? Hopefully later production will see this issue with the mags and get it cleaned up, maybe not? The only other issue that I have found so far is the scratched up handlebar. The way all the parts where zip tied together and put in the box allowed for the handlebar to rub on the bottom of the sprocket/chain, which chewed up the paint. Would have been nice to get a small bottle of touch-up paint with the bike, but who am I fooling, those days left us high and dry in the late 1980’s. Those issues aside it’s still a fairly nice build for the price point. Let’s remember, it is a department store bike after all.
Unfortunately, taking $220 to your local bike shop will not buy you much, let alone a cool retro Mongoose. From all the bikes I have seen over the last 40+ years, I would definitely say this Mad Max BMX Bike is well worth the retail price, and possibly more if it’s assembled correctly. In my honest opinion it’s a lot of bike for the money, but heavy, and designed for cruising and looking the part, not for riding hard core. Have fun, stay safe, and most importantly — Ride on!