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Old Fart but newbie here

Old 12-04-19, 07:16 PM
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Old Fart but newbie here

Howdy all from the frigid, snowy mountains of Western.NM, USA,



I am a newbie, as one can tell.



And tells I have. (Tales of course)



Cycled nearly all my life starting at the tender age of about 6.



I am now 75 years of age.



I have just now researched online about "fastest non-drafting times. Appears that 26 MPH is about average. Please advise me if this incorrect.



When I was in my late teens, I worked on farms and road my Schwinn 3 speed, pull chain thru the sprocket type, 6-12.5 miles from my home.



One day on my way home, I state trooper pulled me over. I thought he was going to give me a speeding ticket. He said the reason he pulled you over was because one is not allowed to ride a bike on a freeway. Then he stated that he could not give me a ticket because I was going the speed of traffic. I had just passed a semi-tractor-trailer at about 88.51kph (55mph). Yep, didn't think you'd believe me! No problem. I now wish that I had asked the officer for a written warning in order to collaborate my speed, but I was afraid that my mother would ring my neck! Actually, I didn't even think of it at the time.



I heard that you'd have to be able to go at least 96.56kph or 60mph, in order to enter the Olympics. Being a "Hick-from-the-sticks" and stupidly naive, I didn't think to research for myself, all along thinking that I was not good enough.



Another time on the way to a farm, I passed an army convey. The military vehicles at that time were governed to 45mph. The GI's had a good laugh as I passed them. I remember looking down at my feet; they were a blur. I thought to myself that when I grew older if I would remember this blur or just think I remembered a blur.



Over the years as I road, I have developed sever different techniques for different necessities that would arise. Nope, not gonna tell.



In the latter years, I kept strict records of my daily stats: awakening heart rate, weight, speed, distance, etc, etc. I thereby discovered a fact that indicated if I should train that day or not. True. Wanna know? Nope, not gonna tell.



Ah, the year when a noted winner of the Tour de France set a new time trial speed, I at 57 years old, ran my own time trial over a fairly level 25 mile course. The average speed over the course was about 59.54kph, 37mph; I say "about" because I had to stop for two traffic lights. The actual speed indicated 36mph.



Okay, that's enough for now....can't wait to read your responses!!! Have a great life!



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Old 12-04-19, 08:42 PM
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This is going to be interesting.

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Old 12-04-19, 09:12 PM
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Thanks for the speedy and polite response; I can just smell the pop corn!!!
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Old 12-04-19, 09:25 PM
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As someone who is not quite 70, I do believe that you are an Old Fart.
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Old 12-04-19, 11:42 PM
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Tall tales.
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Old 12-05-19, 09:08 AM
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Everyone is fast on the Internet (if they want to be.)

I'll say that very few, even here, can break an hour for a 40K time trial. Most TTs in the US seem to be out-and-back routes, for ease of creating the route, and to prevent all-downhill or tailwind conditions to inflate speeds.

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Old 12-05-19, 10:09 AM
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I once broke the speed of light, went back in time and told myself to slow down because it's not a race. I'm a bit upset because I forgot to tell myself to buy Apple stock, and now that I'm older I just can't quite get fast enough now to go back again.
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Old 12-05-19, 03:18 PM
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Seems you are quite the accomplished rider. It is a shame you didn't set the world on fire with your talent. Time to slow down and enjoy the ride, no?
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Old 12-05-19, 03:37 PM
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I broke my leg peeing, does that count?
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Old 12-05-19, 03:59 PM
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At 57, I am more tender than I was at 6...especially my hands and arches.
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Originally Posted by OldFart23 View Post
................. I can just smell the pop corn!!!

Now THAT I believe
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Old 12-05-19, 08:08 PM
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I've had a couple of road bikes that I could ride at those speeds without a problem.

They had "Yamaha" on the tank.
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Old 12-05-19, 08:31 PM
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The older we be the faster we were.
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I've heard it said it takes all types but I'm not convinced.
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"I'm not as good as I once was, But I'm as good once, as I ever was" - Toby Keith
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just figured the prison wifi password?
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Old 12-06-19, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
Now THAT I believe
Ah shucks.... you mean that you don't trust my words? More later as they wife just rang the dinner bell!
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Old 12-06-19, 07:32 PM
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I've had a couple of road bikes that I could ride at those speeds without a problem.

They had "Yamaha" on the tank.
Mine said Honda.
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Old 12-06-19, 09:40 PM
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THX! I am proud to one. I have always looked forward to being a senior citizen; reached 50, they change the classification age to 55, reached 55 they changed it 60.....gee

I think that 70 will be the retirement age of the millennials.

Hey, have a great day!
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Old 12-06-19, 09:42 PM
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Do they let you ride around the yard?
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Old 12-07-19, 11:00 AM
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The retirement age may be going up, but the senility age seems to be on the decline.
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Old 12-07-19, 05:59 PM
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We wanted to allow this thread to proceed since it was oldfart23's first. It is going nowhere. The thread is closed.
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