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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-29-13, 09:42 PM   #1
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new guy in Southern California.. which mtb bike ... Schwinn Moab or Mongoose Ledge?

New guy here. hello
I need to loose weight and I like hiking along trails and birdwatching. Sometimes when I'm on a trail and some guy goes by on a mountain bike I get the itch to get one.

Given the options:

1997 Schwinn Moab 2 in great condition (and I mean garage kept, decent maintenance, low use, no abuse)
Mongoose Ledge 2.1 ($119 at walmart)

Whats a better option for a big 6ft 280lb+ guy?

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Old 04-29-13, 09:50 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard

I'm moving this to the Clydesdale and Athena forum- you'll get some help.
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Just from a quick Google search... if that Schwinn fits you alright, that is the one to get.
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If I remember correctly, the Moab 2 was a very decent mountain bike, usually equipped with Shimano STX level components. That beats a department store bike everytime. If it fits, go with the Schwinn...
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most older bikes will be made better then a walmart bike I'd go for the schwinn
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You won't find much love here for department store bikes.

Welcome to the board. Glad to have ya. Whatever you get, make sure it fits you, is comfortable, then post a picture here...then ride it like ya stole it!
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Thanks guys!
After this thread was moved, I checked out this section and I am really impressed. There is a lot of informational and seriously motivating threads in the stickies!

I jumped on the Schwinn Moab 2. Excuse the mess and bad photo. Maybe I'll get a better photo when I get a chance to take it out.

Everything feels good and solid on it. However, I'm going to need a gauge/pump and check the pressure. To the touch and even leaning on it, the tires feel inflated, but with my weight I think I'm going to need some high tire pressures.
Looks like the tires are 26x1.9 with presta valves - are there any highly recommended tubes out there for heavy loads, or should I just pump these up to 60lbs (they say 35-60 on one and 35-65 on another tire) and be on my way?

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At 280, I would put them at max sidewall pressure and not give it another thought. However, air does seep out, so check them before each ride or you'll be in for a lesson in fixing a flat!
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Looks like the tires are 26x1.9 with presta valves - are there any highly recommended tubes out there for heavy loads, or should I just pump these up to 60lbs (they say 35-60 on one and 35-65 on another tire) and be on my way?
Not certain if you want to do dirt trails or bike paths. If you plan on tooling along on dirt, I would watch pumping them up any higher than 45 -50 psi. I usually run my tires around 35 - 40 (but I am lighter than you). If your plan is to ride a paved bike path, than 60 should be OK. Do some internet research if you need more information about pressure. Only you know the types of trails you are riding.

My recommendations for tubes: I am not afraid to spend some money. Of all my friends (and we actually ride heavy duty mountain bike trails and singletrack) I get the least amount of flats even during goathead season, which being in So Cal is something you need to watch out for. I like Specialized talc'd tubes which are $10 a box. Pricey but they last. I would avoid buying Slime tubes etc - more trouble than anything else. JUst make sure you carry extra tubes, a pump, irons and know how to change a flat if need be.
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Thanks guys!
After this thread was moved, I checked out this section and I am really impressed. There is a lot of informational and seriously motivating threads in the stickies!

I jumped on the Schwinn Moab 2. Excuse the mess and bad photo. Maybe I'll get a better photo when I get a chance to take it out.

Everything feels good and solid on it. However, I'm going to need a gauge/pump and check the pressure. To the touch and even leaning on it, the tires feel inflated, but with my weight I think I'm going to need some high tire pressures.
Looks like the tires are 26x1.9 with presta valves - are there any highly recommended tubes out there for heavy loads, or should I just pump these up to 60lbs (they say 35-60 on one and 35-65 on another tire) and be on my way?

That's a nice looking bike! Great choice! If you find that the fork compresses too much, you can buy a steel non-suspended fork very inexpensively...
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Awesome start to the posting. Looks like a fine ride.
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Thank you for the responses. I'm going to get some supplies tonight (helmet, tubes, tools, small pump with a decent gauge and a patch kit).
I think i'm going to stay as far away from goatheads as possible. I remember those in my tires as a kid and a trail I like to hike along always has them.

Digging a little deeper into the bike, I found out it is actually a 1998 model instead of 1997, but it was built towards the end of 97.
I bought it for $100. I really don't know anything about bikes, except for what I've learned in searches over the last few days, so please excuse me.

All looks good and well oiled/maintained except for this find... it looks like the the plunger bolt was replaced with this thing that wont even go in all the way (hits the bottom of the fork end of the ...fork).
I used a 22mm socket to remove both of the top cap assemblies and took a good look. The elastomers, springs (looks like someone switched to green - according to the manual those are the firm ones you can swap in) and oil all look good.


I tried to search around, but I can't find out what these plunger bolts do and if this is going to be safe to ride as is?
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I was told the missing bolt is a M8x15mm "shaft bolt" that keeps the oil in.

I took the bike out for my first ride on it and was awesome. I thought I'd just ride down a short path and back, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 a mile at most, but ended up going 6-7 miles. I was hoping to just test out and set up the bike, see how pressure was holding, etc. But I just wanted to keep going. I took breaks to turn on some music and adjust the seat (using a $17 scwhinn medium-soft saddle from walmart as the one the previous owner put on was too narrow for my sit bones).
I had no issues except for on the way back, I had a few small hills and those invisible elevation changes were tough!
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Congrats. That 6-7 will soon be a warmup to your regular 25-30 mile ride!
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I rode around at 45psi for a month or so then I decided to try 65 psi and was surprised that I still had plenty of traction for the MTB trail I ride. I think it's all about the contact patch, if you pump it up to max and then sit on it and the tire flattens out at the bottom making good contact you should be good.

Half of my daily ride is on pavement since I ride from my house to the MTB trail and back so I switch out to some nashbar crossover tires (elevators) and still keep them near 65 in the back and 58-60 in the front.
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Congrats. That 6-7 will soon be a warmup to your regular 25-30 mile ride!
just wanted to update - surprised to be able to say i'm already there now 2 months later.
using clipless pedals, semi slicks and a brooks saddle.
still struggling with hills, hoping to work my way up to a century by the end of the year.
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Hey fat, wanted to say high from a fellow birder. Good deal on the bike!
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that moab was basically the newer version of the bike I got in '95... I love that era of Schwinn...

good that you are enjoying and getting some good use out of it... living in east TX I can't say much about hills outside of get it in a gear you can spin (on MTB trails I always refer to it as "keeping on top of the gear" as if I'm in to high of a gear I have a problem getting my pedal to the top)... I've been doing some local bridges of late (the biggest hill in the area)... part of me hates it... but over the last few months they have gotten easier... so keep at it... things get better
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